The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has finally taken action against the crew of a matatu that has been reigning terror among city residents plying the Thika Super Highway and which has so far resulted in the death of two passengers who were pushed out of the moving vehicle on diverse dates.
DCI take action against this matatu terrorizing Nairobi residents
Action taken after two deaths in the same matatu
The Bus bearing registration details KCC 021 A belonging to ZAMZAM SACCO has been at the center of two incidents where the crew pushed passengers out of the moving vehicle to death: One in June last year and another one on 02 August this year.
In the latest incident, 25 year-old Gerald Kimondo Wachira met his untimely death after he was thrown out the moving bus.
Interestingly, police reportedly allowed the driver and the conductor of the bus back to the road even after the second death just as thy did last year.
The same matatu was involved in a similar incident last year when Doreen Kinya, a student at Nairobi Institute of Business Studies was pushed to her death.
It was momentarily detained before being released in unclear circumstances even as the family of the deceased and witnesses confirmed that police were reluctant to record statements.
DCI has since confirmed that the driver and the conductor identified as Naphtali Fondo & 20-yr-old Alex Gikonyo have been arrested and will be charged with murder.
In last year’s incident, the bus was momentarily detained before being released in unclear circumstances even as the family of the deceased and witnesses confirmed that police were reluctant to record statements.
Reports indicate that the buses are owned by a powerful businessmen whose connections run deep, probably explaining why it was still on the road reigning terror on passengers and resulting in one more death before the present arrests were made.
Amidst concerns of a cover-up, Peter Kamau Njoroge who picked Doreen from where she lay unconscious expressed fear for his life and expressed disappointment at how police handled the incident manhandling them and declining to record any statement from them which is against normal practice.
“They simply took the body from our vehicle and ordered us to leave,” Kamau said.
It remains unclear if the current crew are the same ones that were involved in last year’s accident.
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