Police deny knowledge of driver or gov’t vehicle that killed disabled man in Nyeri


Police deny knowledge of driver or gov't vehicle that killed disabled man in Nyeri
Police spokesman Charles Owino addressing the media on February 5, 2021. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

Police do not know who  killed Chris Ndiritu, a disabled man in Nyeri County, on January 30th as politicians trooped to Sagana State lodge for a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Police spokesman Charles Owino on Thursday said he is unaware of who the government-registered high-end vehicles were released to on the day of the accident that killed the 45-year-old man leaving his kin distraught.

“Unfortunately I had not found out as at the time I came here on whether the vehicle has been identified. But I hope when I go back I will find out,” said the police spokesperson

Owino says investigations are underway to ensure justice for the bereaved family.

“The family should rest assured that we shall follow procedures strictly no matter which vehicle was involved in crushing the person,” he added.

According to the family, the vehicle that killed their son was part of the convoy of government officials that were attending the Sagana State Lodge meeting hosted by  President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Chris Nderitu, 45, left his home on Saturday morning to accompany one of his relatives to the local shopping centre, but a few paces from their home, at a road bump, tragedy struck.

A speeding convoy of government officials passed them and when his relative questioned their speed, she says Chris replied by indicating that they were on the right side of the road.

The victim was on a wheelchair, a fact he believed was enough to keep the drivers on their lane.

“Gari tatu ilimgonga…magari kubwa..hiyo ma V8…lakini hakukufia hapo, alikufa akipelekwa General,” said Jecinta Wanjira, an aunt to the deceased.

The accident is said to have occurred after one of the vehicles tried to overtake the others in the convoy.

The family has since recorded a statement with the police in Nyeri awaiting investigations.

 

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