The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kiambu Crash Victims Say Driver Has Bribed the Cops

The families of three children who were hit by a vehicle on Kiambu-Ndumberi road want Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to investigate Kiambu traffic police. The families said evidence in the accident, which occurred in October last year has been mishandled.

Margaret Ngendo, 17, Christine Wanja, 14 and Felista Njeri, 15, were hit by a mechanic who was doing a road test. Wanja's hand was broken while Ng'endo and Njeri sustained chest and head injuries. Parents of the victims said the mechanic, Duncan Ng'ang'a, allegedly bribed a traffic police officer with more than Sh100, 000.

The Officer in question, chief inspector Gabriel Mulei, who is the Kiambu station base commander is facing corruption charges in a Mombasa court. Ngendo's mother, Veronicah Nyithira, accused Mulei of conspiring with Ng'ang'a to hide the truth. She said the three families have used about Sh60, 000 on treatment.

"When the car was booked in the police station, the base commander and his officers colluded and gave it the wrong registration number and when I asked, I was told to keep quiet. They also registered wrong names of the driver and the owner," Nyithira said.

Human rights activist Paul Kamau, who has taken over the case said the police should not take children for granted. He said even if the matter is taken to court, it is likely that neither the officers nor the driver will be arrested.

"This is total injustice and while the government works to reform the police force, some few individuals do not want to change,"Kamau said.

Efforts to contact Mulei and Ndung'u were futile as their phones went unanswered while the owner of the car Samuel Njenga said the police acted unjustly by recording the wrong registration number for his car.

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