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Police officer assaulted by a matatu driver and tout

02 September 2013, 16:10 Wilshere

Nakuru - A Nakuru based traffic police officer is nursing serious injuries after he was attacked by a driver and conductor on Monday morning.

While confirming the incident, Nakuru OCPD Muinde Kioko said that police constable Isaac Yonti was beaten up after he arrested the duo for contravening traffic rules.

The OCPD added that, the two were operating a matatu without a valid TLB license and it had an expired insurance certificate.

“He was on duty when he was beaten by this driver and his conductor because their TLB was registered that they would be plying Kisumu, Kisii and Sirare,” said the police boss.

Muinde said that the two turned against the officer after he ordered them to drive the vehicle to central police station.

He said that they used stones and a bottle to attack the officer and as a result, his clothes were torn.

The officer also sustained injuries on the hand.

Muinde added that the driver and the conductor escaped after the public threatened to beat them.

“They escaped the moment after people threatened to beat them and that’s when other police officers came in and quelled the situation,” he said.

The Nakuru police boss said that they have so far launched a man hunt for the two for assaulting the policeman.

However, Muinde cautioned matatu operators against taking the law into their own hands and instead obey directives from the police.

The incident comes barely three weeks after another police officer inspector Maria Matheu sustained injuries after she was allegedly assaulted by Bahati legislator Kimani Ngunjiri along Kenyatta avenue in Nakuru town.

The injured officer was treated at a private hospital and discharged.

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