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Pangani OCS summoned by court over matatu driver’s assault and theft claims

By Joseph Ndunda January 26th, 2023 2 min read

The officer commanding Pangani Police Station has been summoned at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi after a matatu driver charged with planning a felony claimed to have lost Sh25,000 and a mobile phone after he was assaulted by two police officers from the said police station.

The OCS was ordered to appear in court on Monday January 30, 2023 together with the two officers who arrested Mr Moses Wainaina Mburu on Wednesday. Mr Mburu claimed that two officers who were not in uniform arrested him after his conductor collected bus fare from them.

Mr Mburu and his conductor was charging Sh80 as fare from passengers travelling from Dandora to town. He said his conductor vanished after discovering that he had collected fare from the two officers.

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He said the two officers then  opened the driver’s door and pulled him out of the matatu and started assaulting him before calling for a police Land Cruiser that took him to Pangani Police Station.

Mr Mburu said he lost consciousness at the station as a result of the assault and later realized that he did not have the Sh25,000 belonging to the matatu’s owner.

The driver, who appeared at the Makadara Law Courts on Thursday in a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) uniform, was charged with preparation to commit a felony contrary to section 308 (2) of the penal code.

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The charges against him read that he was found in possession of two knives in circumstances that indicated he was so armed with intention to commit a felony namely stealing.

Mr Mburu was also charged with conveying suspected stolen property contrary to section 323 as read with section 36 of the penal code. In the charge, he is accused of having two phones that are suspected to have been stolen on January 25, 2023 at Riverside.

The accused person denied all the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Kyambia. The magistrate directed the Starehe sub county police commander to investigate Mr Mburu’s allegations. The accused will remain in custody until Monday when the police will respond to his claims.

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