a man posing for a photo: Mombasa man innovates car for spare parts assortments, uses it to distribute free masks


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Mombasa man innovates car for spare parts assortments, uses it to distribute free masks

– Said Mwenzi built his car from scratch using spare parts and equipment from different automobiles which had broken down

– It took him five years and KSh 200, 000 to come up with the creation which he is yet to fix the reverse gear

– While testing its functionality, he uses it to distribute free masks to members of his community

– He says the car can cruise to a speed of 50km per hour

A middle-aged man in Mombasa has manufactured his own car from an assortment of spare parts and equipment from various broken automobiles.

The man identified as Said Mwenzi build hid car at the Kama Kawa garage in Mji wa Ngombe village and named his creation COVID-19.

Said Mwenzi built his car from scratch using spare parts. Photo: NTV.

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A report by NTV showed it took the man five years and over KSh 200, 000 to fabricate the different parts from broken cars, tuk-tuk and motorcycles.

“The steering wheel is from a forklift…the rims and tyres are from a quad bike while both front and back shocks are from another type of motorbike,” he said.

“The break is from another model of motorbike. The gear lever is from a car and the accelerator and the clutch are from a car while the brake is from a tuktuk,” he added.

Said Mwenzi uses the car to distribute free masks to members of his community/ Photo: NTV.

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Mwenzi uses the car which can cruise to a speed of 50 kilometres per hour to distribute free masks in his community to guard against the spread of COVID-19.

The car, meant to create awareness against the name it has been given, bares messages from the Ministry of Health on guidelines to stop the spared of the disease.

The man said the only thing left to fit in the car was the reverse gear.

It took said Mwenzi five years and over KSh 200, 000 to fabricate the different parts. Photo: NTV.

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As exciting as it is, Mwenzi has had a fair share of trouble the authorities for riding his car around after police stopped him probably for safety concerns and standardization.

“Police stopped me and asked if I had insurance and I told them I did not have. The asked for my license but I had left it at home. They called breakdown services and towed it away,” he said.

He now hopes the automobile industry will tap into his skills to boost the local car manufacturing sector.

The car can cruise to a speed of 50 kilometres per hour. Photo: NTV.

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Mwenzi’s innovation comes weeks after the government announced it would start mass production of the Laikipia BJ-50 Cars for the international market:

This was after it partnered with Sagak AutoTech through Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency to kickstart the mass production process.

In a statement, the agency announced the partnership opened the door for the company to sell their cars beyond the country’s borders.

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