NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has ordered a probe into the Limuru fatal road accident in which a pastor is said to have been involved.
In a press statement, Boinnet said he had dispatched senior police officers to the jurisdiction of the accident to verify the information provided to him by Tigoni police.
“In response to the mass of information provided by members of the public to the media that suggested that the information provided by the traffic officers at Tigoni may not be entirely correct, I dispatched a special team to the scene to verify the same.
“The team made its report on July 29 at 7pm and thereafter I dispatched a team of senior officers to make thorough investigations and report back within 24 hours.”
The accident involved a Range Rover and a saloon car carrying a man and his wife to their rural home.
The car which was said to have been driven at high speed and on the wrong side of the road and the public claims the pastor was allegedly involved.
Again according to witness reports, it is alleged that the pastor then jumped out of the Range Rover, fleeing the scene in another Range Rover he is accused of having been racing.
There was public outrage after the offending Range Rover was later released by police despite the fact that Martin Mbugwa Ndungu lost his wife in the accident.
Something which Boinnet sought to explain through his Twitter account on Tuesday based on the information the Tigoni police had provided him. “The Range Rover was inspected, and released. The driver will appear in the Limuru Senior Magistrates Court. He’s on 20K cash bail.”
He also refuted claims that at the time of the accident, the Range Rover was not validly insured; its insurance sticker apparently having expired.
“The Range Rover was on General Dealers (KG) licence with valid insurance and was on test drive when the accident occurred,” Boinnet tweeted.
Kuria was brought before a magistrate on Wednesday but did not plead to any charges with the prosecution asking for more time to investigate the accident.
The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving, is life imprisonment.