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Student injured by a matatu crew in Murang’a

11 May 2016, 17:01 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - A secondary school student is recuperating at the Murang’a county hospital after he was allegedly assaulted and seriously injured by a matatu crew.

Doctors at the hospital are trying to remove pieces of glass from one of the eyes of Christopher Mwangi after one crew member of the matatu he was travelling in smashed his spectacles.

The Form Three student was among other learners who were on their way from Nairobi back to school for the second term.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Mwangi said three men who posed as passengers started harassing students, while demanding money from them.

He lamented that when he refused to give out the only KES.500 he had, one of the men became furious and slapped him hard on the face, hitting his spectacles, whose impact caused glass particles to enter his right eye.

“We did not know if the three men were part of the matatu crew since after we paid fare to the conductor, he went to seat with the driver and left the trio harassing us,” noted the student.

Mwangi explained that nine of the students who were in the 33-seater matatu were from his Kaharo secondary located near Maragua town.

“We were forced to alight as the matatu slowed down at Maragua town since the driver had refused to stop at the stage near our school,” he added.

The boys reported the incident to Maragua Police station whose security officers rushed them to the nearby Maragua hospital.

The mother of the boy Tabitha Maina said she was called by the school principal informing her about the plight of the boy.

“When I arrived at the hospital, my son could not even see but I want to thank doctors because after an operation, the eye is doing well,” she said.

Murang’a East OCPD, Johnstone Limo said after the incident was reported, the school administration was informed and the boys were taken to hospital.

He said the matatu, which operate along Dandora route in Nairobi, has already been impounded but the driver and his conductor were still at large.

“We have ordered the concerned matatu Sacco officials to bring to us the driver and the conductor or else the operation of the whole fleet will be suspended,” added Limo.

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