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Drivers demonstrate against rogue cop

22 July 2013, 16:13 Steve Wambugu

Over 500 Matatu drivers plying the Lanet route over the weekend held a demonstration protesting against the recent shooting of a driver by an allegedly drunk police officer.

The demonstration later escalated into a running battle with police officers from Central police station firing teargas to disperse the matatu operators who had bricked the Nakuru - Nairobi Highway.

During the mid-morning incident, business at Kiundu trading center within Lanet estate remained closed with the police manning the highway from the rowdy drivers.

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The angered matatu operators blamed Nakuru police boss Bernard Kioko for defending his police officer who shot Peter Njoroge on Thursday morning.

According to James Mwaniki, a matatu operator blamed the OCPD of trying to twist the story, blaming Njoroge for being on the fault.

He said that the matatu operators will continue holding demonstrations against the barbaric act of the cop who shot the driver thrice.

“We are going to continue demonstrating against this shooting because it was not right and the OCPD is defending his officer over the matter,” he said.

The matatu operators decried harassment by traffic police along the route saying it was high time they stopped.

They further pointed out that they wanted legal measures taken against the rogue cop who attempted to kill Njoroge.

“These police officers have been threatening to arrest us if we don’t comply with them by giving handouts and that’s why we want this officer arrested,” Said one of the drivers.

While addressing the media, Nakuru OCPD Bernard Kioko said that police are still conducting their investigations over the shooting of the driver.

“We are still investigating this matter because we are yet to find out all the details,” he noted.

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