Passenger Robbed & Pushed Out of Speeding Matatu Along Thika Road

A photo of matatus at a bus terminus
A photo of matatus at a bus terminus in Nairobi, Kenya.
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A passenger was hurled out of a speeding matatu along Thika Road after he was reportedly robbed of his phone and wallet.

While narrating the incident on Thursday, June 22, the commuter claimed that the conductor and driver colluded with a gang posing as passengers to assault him. 

Earlier in the week, the commuter boarded the matatu along Survey, Thika Road, where one of the suspects sat in the front with the driver, and two at the back with the conductor.

Around Utalii Hotel, one of the imposters sitting beside him ordered him to surrender his valuables.

Thika Road, Nairobi. FACEBOOK
Vehicles plying the Thika Super Highway in Nairobi County on March 6, 2020.

"I boarded this matatu at KCA University bus stop around 6:00 am with four other ‘passengers.’ The conductor informed the driver to proceed with the journey. We sped past Utalii Hotel, and at that moment, the passenger ordered that I surrender my phone and wallet," the victim alleged. 

Despite putting up a fight, he claimed he was overpowered and forced to hand over his property. 

"At first, I resisted, but after realising that I was not cooperating, the fake passengers threatened me with crude weapons," he recalled. 

The suspects then ganged up and hurled him out of the Public Service Vehicle (PSV) in a split moment as they sped off. Fortunately, he survived the ordeal and filed the incident at Muthaiga Police Station under OB No 15/01/06/23.

"They diverted towards a rough road around Mathari National Hospital, heading to Mathare slums. I reported the Incident at Muthaiga Police Station, but no action has been taken," he wondered.

He urged Thika Road users to be wary of the matatu, which plies the route during peak hours.

"Since the incident happened, I have noticed the same vehicle with the same occupants three times along the same route. Seems the suspects are untouchable," he added.

On May 17, 2023, a similar incident occurred after a conductor was accused of throwing a passenger out of a speeding bus along Outering Road.

The scuffle ensued after the passenger was short of fare by Ksh20, leading to an argument with the tout. Angry passengers and onlookers retaliated by touching the bus after the driver and tout scampered for safety. 

National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and the National Police Service (NPS) officers apprehended the suspect. 

A photo collage of an Embassava sacco vehicle and a torched bus along Outering Road on May 17, 2023.
A photo collage of an Embassava sacco vehicle and a torched bus along Outering Road on May 17, 2023.
Lemiso Sato Emmanuel
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