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WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING PUSHED OUT OF A MOVING MATATU.

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A family in Zimmerman, Nairobi is seeking justice for their kin who was pushed out of a moving matatu and sustained serious injuries.

The woman is said to be pushed out of the matatu following an argument with the conductor over bus fare.

According to the family, the victim told them that she was heading to the Nairobi City Centre but when she asked the conductor to drop her off at Thika Road Mall (TRM), which is a few kilometres from Zimmerman.

“Alituambia kwamba alikuwa anaomba ashukishwe TRM… huyo conductor akamwambia hapa huezi lipa hiyo pesa, basi akamwambia ju nimekupa pesa, kata pesa yako unipatie change. Hata hakumpea change, akamrusha gari ikiwa kwa kasi akaanguka akapata majeraha mabaya …,” says Cecilia Njoki, a family member.

After the woman fell out of the matatu, the conductor is reported to have fled but passengers insisted that the driver takes the woman to the nearby Neema Uhai Hospital. After the woman was taken into the hospital, the driver attempted to flee but was blocked by the guards at the hospital.

“Huyo driver alikuwa anataka kukimbia wakazuiliwa na management wasiendee kabla hawajajua hali ya mgonjwa. Kabla hawajaondoka ndio my uncle akaja akajulisha polisi hiyo gari ndio imemgonga na polisi wakachukua gari ikapelekwa Kasarani Police Station,” added Cecilia Njoki.

Hannah sustained injuries on the head and hands following the incident which occurred on Tuesday at Roysambu area.
Due the severity of the injuries, medical officers at Neema Uhai Hospital recommended that she be transferred to St. Peter’s Orthopaedic, Muthiga where she is currently admitted.

“Jana ndio alitoka theatre, alifungwa mkono, amepigwa picha ya kichwa ako na deep cut kwa kichwa na tumbo,” said Njoki.

According to Njoki, what is worrying to them is that the vehicle involved in the incident was released from the police station and the suspect is yet to be apprehended.

“Sasa hatujui imeachiliwa on which ground … Kama sisi familia ya Anne tunataka haki ipatikane kwa sababu akirushwa nje ya gari hakuwa na makosa,” she says.

Kasarani Police Commander Muthoni Wahome said the vehicle was taken to the station but was released after undergoing a security check.

The driver of the matatu, Boniface Mwangi was also released on a Ksh.10,000 police bond.

The Kasarani Police Commander said that investigations are ongoing and are waiting for the victim to record an official statement on the incident for further action.

By Irene Mutu