Mysterious wide load ‘mnyama’ truck causes frenzy in Bungoma

Residents of Bungoma were treated to a rare entertainment on Thursday evening when a vehicle with a large load on it’s back passed through the area on the Eldoret-Malaba highway.

Curious onlookers thronged the road to catch a glimpse of the load christened ‘mnyama’.

The cargo, which no one could identify, has for days captured the imagination of Kenyans from the coast to the Malaba border.

The “abnormal” wide load resembles a ship, but it’s not destined for the ocean, sparking curiosity among Kenyans eager to guess its contents.

Kenya Power engineers were on hand to facilitate the move by disconnecting power lines to allow the high load to pass.

As the traffic convoy, led by the cargo truck, snaked its way to the Malaba border, curious onlookers gathered along the roadside, whispering in hushed tones and speculating about the secrets hidden behind the heavy curtains shielding the cargo.

Word spreads like wildfire on social media. Kenyans call it “malaba-bound mnyama”. Perhaps because of the movement of the loaded vehicle, which travels in feline stealth.

The ‘mnyama’ truck has become something of an obsession. Curious people flock to social media to get updates on its progress.

Elia Buteyo, a resident of Bungoma, excitedly exclaims: ‘I’ve been waiting here along the Webuye-Malaba highway since 11am just to catch a glimpse of this mysterious ‘mnyama’ that Kenyans have been talking about on social media. Finally, around 5.30pm, Buteyo’s diligence pays off when he spots the load. Bursting with enthusiasm, he declares, “The driver of this truck must be commended and rewarded for the excellent job he’s doing! ”

Another spectator, Martin Simiyu, a resident of Sikata in Bungoma, said he had been eagerly waiting to witness the arrival of a cargo truck in Kanduyi sub-county.

“A large crowd has gathered, curious to see what this cargo is all about. But the mystery remains: no one knows exactly what is being transported to East African countries,” he said.

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