Driver of ‘killer’ Rongai bus charged with causing death

Driver of 'killer' Rongai bus charged with causing death

The driver of the Ongata Rongai route commuter matatu that killed five people in an accident on Langata Road more than a week ago was on Monday, October 3 charged in court with five counts over the crash.

Francis Mukuria, also known as “Ambulance”, was charged with causing death of five people by dangerous driving, driving without a license, failing to report the crash, driving an un-roadworthy vehicle and causing injuries to passengers.

The driver, who was appearing before Kibra Principal Magistrate, Barbra Ojoo, had gone into hiding immediately after the accident that also left scores injured resulting in the cancellation of Ongata Line Matatu Sacco license by NTSA only for him to surrender to the police Sunday, October 2.

His advocate, however, pleaded with the court to release him on bond or bail terms on the basis that he has a young family and he is the soul breadwinner.

The advocate explained to court that ‘Ambulance’ was forced to hideout as the angry onlookers would have lynched him.

Prosecution opposed to his release and the court has remanded him in police custody until Tuesday, October 4 when the ruling on whether he will be released on bond or bail will be made.

Francis Mukuria surrendered himself at the Langata Police Station after being on the run for seven days.

Mukuria, who has been nicknamed Ambulance by fellow matatu operators, is said to have been speeding when the matatu overturned.

The accident sparked protests by Multimedia University students and Ongata Rongai residents.

The accident occurred along Langata Road near Langata Police Station on September 25, 2016.

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