Police arrest 12 for re-erecting stalls in Mutindwa
07 November 2013, 13:08
Nairobi - Police have arrested 12 people suspected to have reconstructed their demolished stalls near the railway line at Mutindwa market.
The stalls were destroyed on Tuesday after to increase visibility of the line by motorists after the collusion between a train and a bus that left 12 dead and scores injured.
However, the stall owners started to reconstruct them and continued with their operations forcing the police to conduct an undercover operation to arrest them, The Standard reports.
“The Mutindwa traders have rebuilt and the UmoInner buses are back on the road without being given their licenses. THIS IS KENYA.” @RobertAlai wrote on twitter.
The demolition was conducted under tight police supervision as there were fears that the kiosk owners would resisted the destruction.
Railway police commander, Kirimi Ringera, said there were claims of some youths blocking the railway line forcing the train services to delay on Thursday morning, but police patrols along the railway line have been enhanced to handle such incidents and ensure that the structures are not reconstructed.
The accident was partly blamed on invisibility caused by structures constructed along the railway line.
The road safety precaution comes at a time when stakeholders in the roads industry are urging the government to make driving a diploma course.
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