WATCH: Doubts cast over owner’s statement regarding matatu razed during Azimio protests
The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance resumed their opposition demonstrations on the streets on May 2, 2023, after bipartisan talks between them and the government to address their grievances failed to take off.
The demonstrations had been suspended for about one month but after the Kenya Kwanza government was accused of sabotaging the talks, the opposition mobilized their supporters to continue demonstrating.
The demonstrations held on May 2, 2023, were muted compared to past demonstrations. However, goons took this opportunity to attack motorists and rob them of their valuables on Ngong Road and along the Southern Bypass. On Ngong Road, a public service transportation bus was attacked as goons stoned it, robbed passengers and later set it on fire.
On May 3, 2023, the owners of the torched bus held a press conference to address what happened but their version of events ended up casting doubt on his narration.
“I was at a funeral somewhere when the driver called me and told me he was in trouble because he had run into goons at Posta on Ngong Road, that he was ejected from the vehicle and beaten. He called me while crying so much and I told him not to worry because we will see what can be done. I left the funeral, I was summoned by the DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) and I went to them. They asked me for the logbook and I took it to them and they said they will call me later.
One thing I can say is this. Through that vehicle, I was able to take care of my family. It was my livelihood and I don’t know what to do now. That car had a loan on it. I’m praying that the government, or whoever will come in, please help me because I don’t know what we as a family will do now,” said the man.
Viewers of the conference followed his speech but keen listeners were able to note that he had his logbook and was still servicing a loan to pay for the vehicle. It is unheard of in Kenya for a person to be paying off a loan on a vehicle and be in possession of the logbook instead of the creditors holding on to it.
Owner of bus torched by goons on Ngong Road speaks out pic.twitter.com/jvvVjVtic2
— Nairobi News (@Nairobi_News) May 3, 2023
“Gari ya loan and have log book? It is not adding up,” noted Makau Muli.
“Poorly scripted. Uko na logbook, gari ni ya loan?,” asked Jevans Omonge.
“When someone lies they look down, when they cheat they blink their eyes, then if he was given a script, there is a tendency to keep saying ah ah ah ah, Just like king Solomon’s story, the real mother of the child wailed uncontrollably, you can tell the pain of losing something,” added Erick Mwangi.
“1. At no point did he take the beaten crying driver to hospital or comment about his injuries. 2. You have the logbook of a bus that has loan? How now? 3. Called by DCI? Why? Why did they need your logbook? 4. No comment about insurance?” asked Sageka Wilson.
“He did not read the script again and again… look at his eyes…he is lying 🤥,” said Junior Onguso.
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