, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 10 – An official vehicle belonging to the Director of Public Prosecutions was shot at on Monday afternoon on the notorious Southern by-pass.
The DPP, Keriako Tobiko, was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
The window on the driver’s side was shattered in the shootout. A bullet hole was also visible on the driver’s door while a third bullet hit the windscreen.
His two bodyguards who had just dropped him off in his office engaged the thugs who were armed with an AK47 in a shootout but the assailants fled.
“There were no injuries reported but the DPP’s vehicle was slightly damaged,” Lang’ata Divisional police Chief David Bunei said.
The two Administration Police officers assigned to guard the DPP told police they were driving along the bypass at 3.15pm when the two men attacked them.
They told police at the Lang’ata police station that the DPP was not on board at the time of the incident because they had just dropped him off at the office.
The incident was reported at the station under OB27/9/4//2012.
The DPP’s bodyguard told police they fired seven rounds of ammunition at the thugs who shot at them thrice.
“We have launched an investigation. We will record a statement from the bodyguards,” Lang’ata CID Chief James Manuni said.
No suspect had been arrested or interrogated over the matter.
Police said they had received numerous complaints from motorists over insecurity on the Southern bypass that starts on Mombasa road near the Ole Sereni Hotel, crossing through Lang’ata road, Ngong’ road and linking up with the Nakuru highway near Kikuyu.
The bodyguards were also told to take the vehicle to the CID headquarters on Tuesday for a ballistic examination.