The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kwale Cops Looking for Matatu Crew

POLICE officers in Matuga subcounty have launched a manhunt for a matatu driver and conductor operating on the Kwale-Likoni route.

The driver and conductor are accused of assaulting a passenger.

The two are said to have physically assaulted the passenger at Maganyakulo area in Kwale county on Sunday at about 8pm.

A passenger who had boarded the matatu from Likoni said the conductor assaulted their colleague and threw him out of the moving vehicle when they differed.

"We don't know what happened later with the passenger because it was at night and he was just pushed out of the moving vehicle as everyone watched," she said.

The source said that the victim differed with the conductor over excessive ferrying of passengers.

"The passenger was just asking the conductor why he is carrying excess passenger while the vehicle had reached maximum capacity. Then he (the conductor) started forcing him out of the car. He had paid Likoni to Kwale fare and it was not fair for him to be thrown out without being given his fare,' she said.

Matuga sub-county deputy police boss Sammy Nyongesa condemned the incident and said such cases will not be tolerated.

"It is a crime to assault passengers. It is even inhuman and such issues will not be tolerated in the transport fraternity in this area," he said in his office on Monday.

Nyongesa warned matatu operators against mistreating passengers saying they (passengers) have their rights, which should not be infringed.

"We cannot tolerate a disorganised matatu industry where passengers are mistreated," he said.

Kwale Matatu Welfare Association officials said if the two are found guilty of the crime, they will be penalised.

The officials said they will not allow such barbaric incidents to continue in the matatu industry.

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