Old man silences noisy commuters with thunderous, smelly fart in matatu

Kenyan matatu

Noisy commuters aboard a matatu in Eldoret Town, Uasin Gishu County, had comic relief after an old man silenced them with a thunderous and smelly fart that left everyone fanning their nostrils and gasping for fresh air.

Just when he was wiggling his way out of the packed matatu while alighting, the unidentified man who is suspected to have been suffering flatulence passed wind rather loudly, leaving the parroty commuters in agony and laughter!

“My goodness, what did the old man eat? Dead rats?” A furious commuter was overheard expressing her displeasure after the old geezer said bye in style, leaving everyone in stitches. Besides the old man reeking alcohol and looking tipsy, he showed no sign of ill mental health. Why he had to silence the cacophonous passengers in such an off the wall fashion remains a mystery.

The passengers heading home were so engrossed with discussions on Cord versus Jubilee politics and the ongoing Deputy President William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang International Criminal Court (ICC) cases being held at The Hague in Netherlands.

The discussion on who ‘fixed’ Ruto at the Hague had reached fever pitch and was quickly spiraling into a shouting match. Both women and men aboard the matatu and enjoined on the topic had set stage for those against and for the witness withdrawals at the ICC. Perhaps, not willing to be an ‘amicas curiae’ to the interesting discussion, the visibly irritated old man gazed ahead, uninterested in on-going discussion around him.

Rapturous, smelly

The old man approximated to be in his late 60’s, seemed perturbed by the unseen activities in his stomach through his twitching, squirming and loud rumbles

— heard across the entire row where he sat!

Upon arrival to his destination, the tipsy man shouted at the conductor, “Wewe manamba simamisha hii mkebe, wacha nishukie hapo haraka (hey you tout, stop this jalopy, I need to alight) as he made his way towards the door, a midst the inevitable inertia, which was experienced by the sudden screech of the vehicle’s breaks.

After the stop, he wobbled staggered towards the door, and hey presto, there came the bombshell; he let out a rapturous and smelly fart that left most of the commuters tickled and others furious. The rippling effect of the choking fart worked magic as it spread fast across the matatu, grinding the loud discussion to a halt, as every passenger struggled to force the firm windows open.

“Ai! Fungueni dirisha tafadhali, sisi tunaumia kwa harufu (please open the windows, that smell will chock us) one woman seated at the back could be hard lamenting. Those on window seats got the privilege to catch the much-needed fresh air. The silence and ‘recovery’ from the fart effect did not last for long as the passengers spontaneously brought back the matatu to a sensational laughter.

One disgraced woman was heard lamenting, “Elderly men ought to be respectful, especially in matatus, because breaking wind rather loudly in public is not a good” in kiswahili. The turn of events changed the topic of discussion from politics to etiquette with the embarrassing incident being discussed at length.

Perhaps, the only way to stop Kenyans from their alleged national pastime that is politics is to foil the air? Or is there anything else that can stop Kenyans from politicking? One may wonder.


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