Traf­fic of­fi­cers im­pound and crash matatu

They were con­duct­ing a crack­down on un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles at Ki­ambaa

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - GE­ORGE MUGO @ge­o­mu­goh

Three po­lice of­fi­cers who had im­pounded an un­road­wor­thy matatu on Wed­nes­day crashed it into a lorry at Zam­bezi, Kikuyu con­stituency. One was se­ri­ously in­jured.

The of­fi­cers were con­duct­ing a crack­down on un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles at Ki­ambaa on the Nairobi-Nakuru high­way, when they seized the MML Sacco matatu.

Driver Ben­son Ngige said the of­fi­cers or­dered him and his pas­sen­gers out and im­pounded the ve­hi­cle, say­ing it was de­fec­tive.

“The of­fi­cers then boarded the matatu and told me to meet them at Kikuyu po­lice sta­tion. Within a few min­utes, and even be­fore I boarded an­other ve­hi­cle, they caused an ac­ci­dent about 1km from where they left us,” he said.

Area po­lice boss Kip­too Bir­gen con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing the of­fi­cers in the Toy­ota Nis­san matatu rammed into a lorry as they headed to­wards Kikuyu. “The two ve­hi­cles were head­ing in the same di­rec­tion. It seems who­ever was driv­ing the matatu lost con­trol and hit the lorry,” he said.

Speaking at the PCEA Kikuyu Hospi­tal, where the of­fi­cers were rushed, Bir­gen said chief in­spec­tor Rashid Koko, in­spec­tor Stephen Moibei and an­other of­fi­cer, whom he did not name, were in the ve­hi­cle.

Koko, who was se­ri­ously in­jured, was trans­ferred to the Aga Khan Hospi­tal. The po­lice boss said the other of­fi­cers are in a sta­ble con­di­tion. Bir­gen de­clined to re­veal who was driv­ing the matatu.

“... in­ves­ti­ga­tions will re­veal [who was be­hind the wheel],” he said.

Pas­sen­gers con­demned the in­ci­dent, say­ing the po­lice were not sup­posed to drive a ve­hi­cle they im­pounded for be­ing un­road­wor­thy.

Sacco sec­re­tary Sa­muel Ka­mau asked the gov­ern­ment to take stern ac­tion against the of­fi­cers.

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