Over the weekend, Rongai’s finest matatu 007 a.k.a Bond was burnt to ashes after it knocked down and killed a cyclist.
The press statement signed by police spokesman George Kinoti from the Office of the Inspector General, National Police Service, details how the whole unfortunate saga took place.
“On 4th February, 2017 in Nairobi City, along Langata Road, a matatu registration KCB 632 M, belonging to Ongata Rongai Line Sacco, knocked down a male cyclist who sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the matatu fled from the scene of the accident.
Other bodaboda riders within the vicinity converged at the scene, and without giving the police time to conduct investigations, proceeded to burn the said matatu reducing it into a shell.
Police however commenced quick investigations and so far 23 boda boda operators have been arrested and in custody assisting with investigations. They will be arraigned before a court of law as soon as the investigations are complete. Other suspects are being sought for arrest with the aim of bringing justice to the aggrieved and to send a clear warning that lawlessness on our roads of whatever form will not be tolerated.
While we condemn reckless and dangerous driving that causes needless deaths, we equally strongly condemn lawlessness on the part of some bodaboda riders who often take the law into their own hands and molest other road users by destroying private property.
We have noted with grave concern that some boda boda riders, have developed a TENDENCY of quickly mobilizing their members whenever an accident involving one of them happens and proceed to harass members of the public and even destroy property like the incident in Nairobi Yesterday. We wish to warn that this manner of hooliganism, disregarding road traffic laws as well as other penal code laws will not be tolerated.
All officers have been instructed to deal firmly with all law breakers including gangs pretending to be boda boda riders who wilfully destroy property whenever a road accident involves one of them occurs.”