Rongai matatu driver who killed 4 people detained

By Ben Chumba

The driver of the Ongata Rongai Matatu that left at least four people dead following an accident along Lang’ata Road will spend the next eight days in police custody.

This is after the prosecution was granted its request to hold him for further interrogation.

Francis Mukuria who faces ten counts ranging from driving without a licence to failing to report an incident, was arraigned before Kibera principal magistrate Barbara Ojoo where he denied having committed the offenses.

Mukuria who denied a total of ten counts is accused of driving the vehicle without a driving license, causing injuries to passengers who were aboard the matatu, driving an unroadworthy vehicle and failing to report the accident which occurred just near Langata police .

The prosecution made an application to hold the driver in custody for eight days saying that he is a flight risk considering that he fled the scene of the accident and only showed up eight days later after the fatal accident.

They also argued that they are yet to complete their investigations.

The Ongata Line Sacco vehicle he was driving veered off Langata Road killing four people on the spot and injuring six others on the 25th of September.

The incident was roundly condemned, prompting violent demonstrations among the student population and residents of Ongata Rongai estate as well as a walk-to-work demo late last week.

The development coming as the Ongata Line transporters limited entered into a memorandum of understanding with students from Multimedia University and the residents of Rongai.

Under the M.O.U, the parties outlined areas of corporation and working arrangements.

According to the pact, the matatu drivers and conductors promised to be courteous to the passengers, shall not harass, abuse nor intimidate the MMU students at any given time.

At the same time MMU students shall refrain from damaging and/or destroying vehicles belonging to the SACCO and shall resolve any issues arising amicably.