Some time back Luccia Murotto became an online sensation after photos of her doing her job as a tout surfaced online. The white tout appeared in Churchill show and revealed how she started the job.
She is white (a mzungu) and perhaps this makes it even odder for her and those who see her hang on a matatu that plies the Nairobi-Kitengela route.The matatu belongs to Masa Sacco.
According to her, it is one of the jobs she enjoys most. And she has done it for the last 10 years.
Luccia who speaks perfect Swahili and Sheng reveals that she approached the owner of the matatu and asked him whether she could take up the job.
“Nilianza tu kama mafans hivi na hivo ndio niliipenda. Nilijipata tu nimeanza kudandia na nikaanza kuingia kulipisha (I started as fun and that is how I came to love it. I found myself hanging on matatus and started taking fare),” Luccia said.
The decision angered her parents who even wanted to disown her but she did not stop. Finally, they came to accept it and are now okay with it.
Even though she works on weekends, Luccia is a common face along the route because of the uniqueness she has brought about.
Luccia advises that youths should not despise jobs.
She also had a strong message for ladies who rely on ‘sponsors’ for income.
“Hakunanga pesa tamu kama ya jasho lako. Kuna madem wanasema kazi yao ni kulea sponsor, na hiyo ni jasho yao. Hiyo si jasho. Maneno ya sponsor achana nayo (there is no money as sweet as that you have worked for. There are ladies who treat sponsors and think that is their work. It is not true. Avoid sponsors),” she said.