Questions as two cars found with similar registration number

Questions as two cars found with similar registration number
The cars at the Nairobi Traffic Police Headquarters

A Nairobi businessman is crying foul after he found out that the car he bought in 2014 has the exact same registration number with another vehicle of a different make.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Josiah Kariuki narrated that he bought the Range Rover in 2014 October but it had a faulty engine, so he kept it at home till the end of 2015 when he ordered a new engine from the UK.

“I bought the car in October 2014, but I bought it without an engine. In 2015 I bought an engine from the UK but less than a week after I started using the car, some people came to my office,” he said.

According to Mr Kariuki, the men who claimed to be auctioneers instructed by Mwananchi Sacco told him that the car had been used as security for a loan but the owner defaulted, so they had come to repossess the vehicle.

At that time he had not received the logbook yet, so he called the man who sold him the car and asked him to give him the logbook.

“I took the car to the Embakasi Police Station as I waited for the logbook to be delivered because I did not want to get into trouble with the law,” he narrated.

The car at the Nairobi Traffic Police Headquarters
The car at the Nairobi Traffic Police Headquarters

After taking the car to the police station in December 2015, Mr Kariuki tried following up with the logbook, which he was told was still at the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

On Tuesday last week police called and told him that they had found a car with the exact same registration as his.

“On Tuesday they called to tell me they had found a car that had the same registration number as mine,” he said.

Confirming the case, Head of Special Crimes Prevention Unit Noah Katumo told Citizen Digital that they are currently investigating the case to ascertain which car’s registration is genuine.

“We have the case and are currently investigating. We are waiting for KRA to look through their records and confirm which car is genuine before we continue,” said Katumo.

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