Matatu operators protest over prosecution of their colleagues
08 May 2014, 08:18
Nairobi – Normal traffic flow along Nairobi’s Githurai route was disrupted by matatu operators who were protesting against the arrest and prosecution of their colleagues over the twin blasts that ripped two buses along Thika Road.
The operators blocked the highway at Githurai demanded the release of two drivers and three conductors who were charged with the alleged failure to prevent murder for not screening passengers while boarding vehicles and given a cash bail of KES 5 million each.
The angered operators held that it was the responsibility of the police and the National Intelligence Service to detect, and prevent the manufacture of explosives and not falsely laying the blame on them.
“We pay taxes for the security agencies to protect us. They are the ones who should identify who, how, and when these bombs are made then arrest the bombers. It is not our work and that is why we are demanding for the release of our colleagues,” said one of the operators.
“We do not have the capacity to know bombers. Police plus intelligence officers are ones who should do that because that is what they are paid for,” he added.
The five whose buses were targeted by terrorists were charged at Makadara Law courts on Tuesday.
Their case is scheduled for hearing on July 17, 2014.
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