The owner of the matatu that killed NTV journalist Raphael Nzioka in a hit and run accident on March 7, 2020, has been charged with failing to keep a record of his driver, allowing an unroadworthy vehicle to operate as a PSV and without an insurance certificate. He, however, denied the charges.
The NTV video editor was involved in the accident on Saturday morning, March 7.
He was knocked down by a vehicle as he crossed Kenyatta Avenue/Kimathi Street junction a few minutes to 1.30 a.m.A Nairobi court in session outside as part of the social distancing measuring aimed a containing the Covid-19 virus spread, on March 30, 2020Daily Nation
The driver who hit Nzioki is said to have sped off and left his lifeless body on the road.
On March 10 2020, police officers confirmed that they had managed to trace the owner of the matatu that ran over the journalist.
The matatu is said to have been operating under 2KR Sacco whose vehicles ply the Kikuyu-Nairobi routeNTSA officials pictured inspecting a matatu on the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway in December 2019
In a strange twist of events the matatu Sacco that the vehicle is said to been registred with claimed that was not the case.
Initially, the ill-fated matatu owner had refused to voluntarily go to the police station, saying that the vehicle in question was no longer his as he had sold it off.
“He has been claiming that he had already sold the vehicle to another person and, therefore, cannot answer to any crime committed using it. However, our officers have begun trailing him to establish the truth and possibly get the driver who hit Nzioki and sped off,” said Central Police Station Commander Mark Wanjala, reported the Daily Nation.
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