NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 29 – Multi Media University students resumed demonstrations on Magadi Road Thursday to protest Sunday’s accident even as police gave the owner of the matatu involved a seven day ultimatum to produce the driver.
Transport on the road from Rongai outside the university has been paralysed with the students barricading the road with stones and lighting bonfires.
The protesters waved placards, while others shouted “enough is enough,” as they walked down Lang’ata Road, with armed anti riot police officers watching from a distance.
“We have decided that enough is enough because we have lost many of our brothers and sisters. That is why we woke up in the morning to engage in peaceful demonstrations. And we want to speak out against these matatus called ‘Manyangas’ on the Rongai route. They have become too much,” one of the protestors said.
“You find that maybe a pregnant woman who has just given birth enters these vehicles and by the time they reach home, they have been affected adversely because of the way it is being driven.”
Earlier in the morning, there were demonstrations from Rongai town to Lang’ata Road, the scene of the accident near the police station where four people were killed, and several others injured.
“Even now as we speak, there is a body lying at Tumaini, somebody has hit a person and taken off. We believe Sunday’s incident could have been avoided. Before that there was another accident again at Lang’ata so Rongai has lost quite a number of lives.”
The walk-to-work started from Tusky’s in Rongai to the Lang’ata police station where the matatu that killed at least four people has been impounded.
According to the organizer Patrick Waweru, they held a prayer session at the scene of the accident and light candles in remembrance of the four people who died in the Sunday accident.