UPDATE Monday, October 5: The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on Monday, October 5, summoned two Nairobi bus companies namely Neo Kenya Mpya and Joy Kenya over Murang’a chaos on Sunday, October 4.
In a statement, the authority explained that the managers of Neo Kenya Mpya Commuters Limited and Joy Kenya Services Limited plying Thika Road were scheduled to appear before it.
NTSA Update: In implementation of the PSV Regulations, 2014 and in consultation with the Inspector General, the Authority has summoned the officials of Neo Kenya Mpya Commuters Limited and Joy Kenya Services Limited to appear… https://t.co/C12DaxlxC7 @InteriorKE @NPSOfficial_KE
— NTSA KENYA (@ntsa_kenya) October 5, 2020
Chaos erupted at Kenol town in Murang’a County on Sunday, October 4 as pro-Tangatanga and pro-Kieleweke groups clashed near the AIPCA Church Kenol where Deputy President William Ruto was expected to attend a fundraiser.
Kenol residents disclosed that two buses carrying youths arrived in the town early in the morning and proceeded to AIPCA church where they started throwing stones into the compound.
Their actions angered Kenol residents who came out in large numbers and repulsed the youths towards the Kenol-Thika highway where they eventually cornered and beat them up.
Some of the cornered youths revealed they had been mobilised by politicians with the promise of receiving Ksh1,000 pay.
One person is feared dead in the protests as goons stormed a petrol station, pelting motorists with stones as people around scampered for safety.
As pro-Ruto MPs continued to trickle into Kenol town, the police continued to lob teargas canisters at the people gathering outside the church while a few were thrown inside the church, halting the Sunday service.
At the height of the chaos, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro came out from the church to address the media, saying the county police commander Josphat Kinyua had been informed of the fundraiser.
As he was speaking, a teargas canister was thrown at him, causing journalists to scamper to safety. Some incurred minor injuries.
When Ruto eventually arrived at the church, sanity had been restored and the service went on with heavy police presence manning the streets outside the church and pro-Ruto youths chanting his praises outside the church.
— KTN News (@KTNNewsKE) October 4, 2020