NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 5 – Traffic Commandant Charlton Muriithi says he will hand over his findings on the July 26 fatal road accident said to involve pastor James Ng’ang’a to the Director of Public Prosecutions on or before Friday.
Muriithi told reporters on Wednesday that the police had taken a statement from Apostle Ng’ang’a as part of efforts to establish whether or not he was behind the wheel of the red Range Rover involved in the accident that claimed the life of Mercy Njeri and those of “not less than eight independent witnesses.”
He however declined to indicate what the preliminary findings were and if indeed police in Tigoni had deliberately sought to cover up Ng’ang’a’s alleged involvement in the accident.
Once he had “analysed” the evidence collected from the scene with his oversight, Muriithi sought to assure “anyone found culpable, irrespective of their standing in society, must face the full force of the law.”
Muriithi and his team were tasked by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to re-investigate the accident after the information provided to him by officers in Tigoni was challenged by members of the public.
Through his Twitter account Boinnet had put one Simon Maina Kuria behind the wheel of the Range Rover that collided with the saloon car in which Mercy Njeri was a passenger and which her husband Martin Mbugwa Ndungu was driving.
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But according to some reported witness accounts, it was Ng’ang’a who jumped out of the driver’s side of the Range Rover when the accident occurred, fleeing the scene.
It has also been reported that he was racing another vehicle, and driving on the wrong side of the road at high speed in the alleged effort to win.
It was also reported that the Range Rover was not validly insured at the time of the accident contrary to the information, Boinnet said, he’d received from the Tigoni police.
The circumstances surrounding the release of the Range Rover following the fatal road accident have also called into question.
And should it be conclusively established that there was indeed a cover up, Muriithi said “sanctions, both disciplinary as well as court will apply.”