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Tobiko to probe arrest of Thika road operators in blasts

07 May 2014, 18:08

Nairobi - The office of the public prosecutor DPP will probe whether it is right for the government to arrest PSV operators whose vehicles were involved in blasts over the weekend.

This follows a plea by the accused in court who complained of government harassment and unfair treatment over the matter.

The five drivers and conductors were arrested and charged in court Tuesday over apparent negligence and were accused of not screening passengers in the ill fated vehicles.

The five, James Munene, Anthony Mutua, Robert Gakuru, Geoffrey Mwangi and Joshua Wambugu were charged in court and told to firm up KES 5 million bond or stay in jail till their case is heard July 17.

" The accused failed to prevent felony namely murder by failing to search passengers whereby the said bus was blown off by unknown passenger who had an improvised explosive device (IED), their prosecutory charges read.

A source in the DPP's office however confirmed that indeed the chief prosecutor had asked for the case file and would investigate whether the charges indeed hold any merit.

" The case file is now with the DPP. He is trying to ascertain whether indeed the charges are proper and will advise later on, the source said.

The government has insisted that the five have to answer to the charges as they have on several cases asked that there be thorough searches of intending passengers to no avail.

Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue said that they will not forgive the touts considering that they harboured danger in their vehicles despite the fact that they could have done something to prevent it.

The case will continue Thursday.

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