Cabbie hired in Westlands, later killed

April 24, 2013 1:00 pm
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The driver who usually operates at Westgate was last seen with two men who reportedly hired him to take them to Loreto Msongari at about 7pm on Tuesday night/MIKE KARIUKI
The driver who usually operates at Westgate was last seen with two men who reportedly hired him to take them to Loreto Msongari at about 7pm on Tuesday night/MIKE KARIUKI
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24 – A taxi driver was on Wednesday found dead in his car within the city’s Kileleshwa suburb with a bullet wound in the head.

The driver who usually operates at Westgate was last seen with two men who reportedly hired him to take them to Loreto Msongari at about 7pm on Tuesday night.

That was the last time he was seen alive by his colleagues.

“Two men came asking to be taken to Loreto Msongari at a price of Sh500 but we insisted on Sh800. Richard Otieno who was near said he could take them for that amount. We never heard from him again,” Samuel Njoroge a fellow taxi driver said.

Njoroge further said: “We tried calling his phone after he stayed for long without coming but it was not picked. We usually check on our colleagues if they take long coming back because of insecurity cases.”

The man’s body was found in the back seat of his vehicle on Kandara Road in Kileleshwa at about 6am on Wednesday.

Kilimani divisional CID chief Harrison Meme said the slain man had been shot in the neck but the motive of the killing has not been established.

“Investigations are underway. The killing is mysterious because his two phones were left in the car but we shall come to the bottom of this,” Meme affirmed.

Insecurity cases have been on the rise in the city with a number of taxi drivers losing their lives the same way.

“This month only we have lost three… we need assurance of security since we need to work to meet our needs,” Njoroge appealed.

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