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Sunday, 26 Feb 2017 13:22 EAT
Two people have died while seven others are nursing injuries at the Kangundo Level 4 Hospital after being hit by a matatu at the Tala bus terminus. The accident occurred after a tout took charge of the 18-matatu sitter as the driver was waiting for people to board and decided to drive the matatu before hitting the people who were walking the bus terminus.
The tout fled from the scene and the driver of the matatu varnished into the air after the incident and police are still looking for both. According to eye witnesses, the driver had excused himself after arriving from Nairobi and wanted to take a rest as passengers were boarding when the tout took over the vehicle before hitting nine people, two among whom died on the spot. Three people sustained broken limbs and two others minor injuries.
Matungulu MP Stephen Mule has confirmed the incident and called on the police to ensure that the driver of the matatu is arrested for wreckless driving and the tout who is still at large apprehended. "It is so sad to lose people at a bus terminus where they are supposed to board matatus. I am calling on the police to ensure that they arrest the driver and the tout with immediate effect," said Mr Mule.
Mr Mule, who was speaking at the funeral service of two middle-aged men who died at a road accident along the Tala-Donyo Sabuk road last week, has also called on drivers to be careful on the roads and urged the police administration in Matungulu to ensure that they have beefed up security in the area especially at nights.
"I am appealing to our motorists to be careful on the roads so as not to endanger the lives of others. I also call on the police to pull up their socks and strictly enforce the rule of law and security in this area," added the Matungulu legislator.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press