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Kamakis ‘drunk’ driver who killed 6 people to remain in custody for 7 days

A driver who was allegedly drunk while driving near Kamakis Eastern Bypass, a few kilometers from the Thika Superhighway, and killed six people will remain in custody for seven days pending investigations.

The driver, identified as Cosmas Mutembei was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado on October 30 when he rammed a tuk-tuk that was entering the highway from behind, which in turn hit a matatu parked by the roadside waiting to pick up passengers.

The driver of the tuk-tuk and five passengers, including one child, died on the spot.

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The driver who was arraigned at Ruiru Law Courts will remain in custody following a successful application by the police seeking more days to investigate the incident.

A miscellaneous application filed by chief inspector Samir Adhuman Yunus says that Mutembei is being investigated for causing death by dangerous driving.

Mutembei, who was allegedly drunk, escaped the incident with minor injuries and is currently held at the Ruiru Police Station.

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The officer told the court that they believed Mutembei was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

“The accident involved a tuktuk and a Toyota matatu in which five passengers aboard the tuk-tuk succumbed to injuries and two passengers who were aboard the Toyota matatu were seriously injured and currently admitted at Kenyatta University Referral hospital,” the officer said.

He said blood samples of the driver were taken for onward transmission to the government chemistry for toxicology report and analysis, which will not be ready in less than 14 days.

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Court also heard that the officers are yet to establish the registered owner of the said Prado driven by Mutembei.

They are also yet to establish if the vehicles involved in the accident were insured as of the time of the accident.

Police responding to the Sunday morning incident came to the rescue of the alleged drunk driver, who a group of people was roughing up at the scene.

The police calmed the angry mob, asking them to let the law take its due cause and reassuring them that due process would be followed.

“There’s a need to have more time to conduct a post-mortem to establish the true cause of death of the accident victims,” the officer said.

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