Malawian cyclist Mavuto Mussa, who was arrested in Chikwawa outside Blantyre for transporting nine pupils on his bicycle to a nursery school, received a tricycle on Tuesday, local media reported.
Independent newspaper The Nation reported on its Twitter account that well-wishers gave Mussa a tricycle after his story went viral on social media platforms following his arrest on Friday.
Pictures of him handcuffed in the back of a police van with his bicycle next to him went viral. Another picture of him riding a bicycle with nine children packed on it also flooded social media.
Mussa was also showered with praise on social media platforms, with users stating he was a “hero” to the children.
I feel like God works in mysterious ways. The feedback I have received privately has inspired me to use my voice and platform to raise funds that will #EmpowerHeroes starting with this champ here. We’re raising K2,500,000 to buy a small bus for him. More details next week! pic.twitter.com/TUtbUzddFJ
— Quentin Quarantino (@ThirdEyeMalawi) October 24, 2020
Receiving the tricycle, Mussa said the trauma of last week had turned into a blessing.
“I was arrested by the police and released within an hour. I never knew I will be smiling today. I thank Mr Gerald Kampanikiza for coming to my rescue,” he told the Nation Online.
Kampanikiza, from Lilongwe, organised a social media funding campaign for Mussa.
WHEN PROBLEMS TURN INTO OPPORTUNITIES
A WhatsApp group has raised funds and bought “Mavuto Mussa” a Tricycle pic.twitter.com/A1NaTymzVN
— Mikozi Network (@MikoziNetwork) October 26, 2020
“When I set up a Facebook group, the response was overwhelming and within an hour 250 000 kwacha (about US$330) was raised. Initially, we wanted to buy a motorcycle for him, but a sponsor suggested we buy a tricycle instead. We invited Mussa to Lilongwe and the sponsor bought him this tricycle,” he said.