Traffic police officers attached to Meru police Station have nabbed a Matatu and its owner after a video went viral on social media in which a driver and his conductor were seen harassing a female passenger on Sunday along the Meru-Nairobi highway.
According to the police, the female passenger had been forcefully ejected out of the Matatu belonging to the Meru Shuttle Sacco after she declined to allow an excess passenger from boarding the Nairobi bound vehicle.
Addressing the press Monday morning Imenti North Sub County OCPD Peter Kimani said police arrested the vehicle and the owner Paul Kiminja and also revealed that police officers have launched a manhunt for the two suspects who are still at large.
“Let the suspects surrender themselves at any nearby police station because their particulars have been circulated all over and our networks have been cast wide,” appealed the OCPD.
The owner who is in custody will be charged with negligence, failing to have proper documentation together with keeping an unroad worthy vehicle on the road.
The OCPD further said that the arrest will serve as a lesson to other offenders in the region.
NTSA Upper Eastern Regional Manager Joseph Gichohi added that after conducting an inspection on the KBU 254G vehicle, it was discovered that its speed governor had been tempered with sometime in February and some seat belts were missing.
“We have summoned all Sacco’s to sensitize them on roads safety and good ethics so as to have a cordial working environment,” revealed Mr. Gichohi.
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Her actions are said to have led to a heated exchange of words which resulted to harassment and hurling of abusive words from the suspects.