Uhuru Kenyatta look-alike Michael Njogo Gitonga who is popularly known as Uhunye has been awarded a free new car by Maridady Motors. The company’s CEO Mr. Eric Mwangi said the company’s gift to Mr. Uhunye was part of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in the community. The Maridady Motors CEO was speaking on Friday after letting the head of state’s look-alike tour of the company’s showroom to select the vehicle he wanted.
“Last year during the Small Enterprise Entrepreneur awards, we were awarded as the best company in social corporate responsibility category. Gifting Njogo is one of the things we do and it is not an advertising stunt,” Mwangi said.
The Maridady Motors boss said that his company has always tried to help fellow Kenyans wherever possible. He said that with the current scourge of covid-19, Maridady Motors is doing whatever it can to help the community be back on their feet through the firm’s slogan of “Trust the Process”.
“Many Kenyans are trying to cope with the brunt of Covid-19 any when we saw Uhunyee on media platforms and by reaching out to him, he told us that he used to have a taxi but the business went down. That is where we came in to help him,” Mwangi said during the handover.
There has been previous reports that Uhunye has received a free car by Maridady Motors, a fact that turned out to be false. For example, on August 13, 2020, The Star reported that president Kenyatta had received a free car from Maridady Motors. But however, this turned out to be untrue as Uhunye termed such reports as False News a day later.
“HELLO FELLOW KENYANS, THE RUMOURS SPREADING AROUND THAT I’VE BEEN GIFTED A CAR, ARE ALL LIES. AS FOR ME, I’M RESTING IN MY HOUSE SOCIAL DISTANCING. I’M JUST SITTED HERE SANITIZING, HERE IS MY SANITIZER. SO PEOPLE SHOULD SPEAK THE REAL TRUTH AND STOP LYING. I AM THE REAL MICHAEL NJOGO GITONGA, AND PEOPLE SHOULD STOP WITH THE LIES.” SAID MICHAEL.
At the time, Mr. Gitonga was seen at Maridady Motors inspecting cars as if he wanted to make a purchase. He was seen sitting in a high-end Lexus brand SUV which begs the question whether Maridady Motors asked Uhunye to chose a car he wanted from the parking lot. After selecting the most expensive machine in the lot, the company reneged on their promise to award Uhunye the car.
But this time, it is real that the president’s look alike did indeed receive a car from Mariday Motors. Lucky Uhunye is now a proud owner of a brand new Nissan Note car, perfect for his Uber taxi business. Thanks to the Maridady Motors executives. The Nissan Note is significantly less expensive than the Lexus SUV Mr. Gitonga was seen in on the previous occasion. The former vehicle is also well suited for the Uber ride-sharing business Uhunye wants to engage in.
Maridady Motors: Company Profile
Maridady Motors is a professional customer centric motor dealership at Ridgeways along Kiambu Road that deals in new and quality used vehicles sourced from various parts of the world. They serve corporate & individual clients and have 15 years of experience in the motor vehicle industry.
The company was first registered in 2005 as Autoric Ventures Limited. Maridady Motors Limited is headed by Eric Mwangi Ngigi who has steered the company during various economic storms in the country, especially the 2008-10 global recession that severely affected the consumer’s purchasing power.
In 2018, Maridady Motors launched Maridady Savings And Credit Cooperative (Maridady SACCO) to help clients easily purchase cars without to circumvent the hardships imposed on car buyers by formal asset acquisition financiers.
Back then, Eric Mwangi Ngigi, the company’s CEO said, “I have seen what diligence, persistence, integrity and trust can do to develop an organisation be it social or economic. I would want to replicate the same at Maridady Motors Sacco.
Through the Maridady Motors Sacco, taxi drivers, who are able to save Sh2,000 per day will qualify for a new car once they hit Sh350,000 in savings, while boda boda riders saving Sh300 per day will qualify for a new motorbike once they hit Sh50,000.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Donating a vehicl to Uhunye is not the first time Maridady Motors has engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility in the community. A few years ago, Maridady Motors Limted adopted Liberty Vision Learning Center – a school for under privileged children in Mji wa Huruma slum, which neighbours Nairobi’s upmarket Runda Estate.
The company also donates children’s toys in various places of worship across the country, particularly Sunday Schools in major towns. Some of the frequently visited churches by the company’s associates includes the Nairobi Chapel in Kiambu Road, Mountain of Deliverance Church in Nakuru and Christ Seekers Ministries in Murang’a.
“At Maridady Motors, we believe that toys must inspire. They are not just play items. They align children’s minds towards something – like owning a car, a plane, a house, and such others,” he said.
So far, Maridady Motors has distributed at least 2,000 toys across various places of worship in the country. The company believes in word of mouth business referrals for its customer acquisition plans. Should you want to purchase a car from them, Click Here or call them at +254 729 179 771 or +254 714 663 923