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Rongai matatu driver in court over deaths of 5 people

The accident led to protests that paralysed transport to Rongai/FILE

The accident led to protests that paralysed transport to Rongai/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – The driver of the Ongata Rongai matatu that killed five people on Lang’ata Road last week has been charged in court.

Francis Mukuria who was arrested on Sunday denied all charges levelled against him when he appeared before Kibera Law Courts Principal Magistrate Barbara Ojow.

He was accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

“On the 25th day of September 2016, at about 1230hrs along Lang’ata road near Lang’ata Police Station, within Nairobi County, being the driver of motor vehicle registration number KCG 784M mini-bus drove the said motor vehicle dangerously without due care and consideration to other road users whereby causing death,” the charge sheet read in part.

Additional charges levelled against him included his failure to report an accident, driving an un-roadworthy vehicle, driving without a drivers’ license and driving carelessly, contrary to section 75 of the Traffic Act.

The prosecution urged the court to deny him bail for the duration of his trial since he was a flight risk, having fled after the accident.

The magistrate is due to rule on the bail application on Tuesday.

Police and witnesses said the accident occurred when the mini-bus from Rongai overturned near Lang’ata Police station on the way to the city centre.

Witnesses said the bus was being driven at high speed and was trying to avoid hitting another vehicle when it overturned.

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Images circulated on social media showed passengers in blood-soaked clothes being rescued from the bus before police arrived.

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