On Wednesday, October 18, comedian Eric Omondi used his social media platform to gather funds for a smokie-mayai vendor who suffered losses after her trolley was confiscated by city askaris.
The vendor in question, Quinter Adhiambo, was among those affected by the raid, with her foodstuff scattered on the road.
Omondi, moved by the situation, posted Adhiambo’s photos on Instagram with a caption indicating his intent to transform her life.
I am looking for this Woman…Nimeambiwa anaitwa Quinter. We are going to change her life TOTALLY!!! WAKIANGUSHA TUNAINUA
Shortly after, Omondi took to the same platform to rally Kenyans to contribute funds for Adhiambo and shared her contact details.
He then shared,
I have found Quinter and we are going live in a few. We are going to change her life totally. Start sending money to her number,”
Omondi organized the fundraiser, which lasted about three hours.
He reported that they raised approximately Sh600,000 in that short span.
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja also extended an apology to the affected traders and offered them Sh10,000 each.
He acknowledged that while some of them lacked the necessary documentation to operate,
there were more humane ways to conduct such exercises.