A 21-year-old man is nursing serious injuries after he was thrown out of a moving matatu belonging to Nimoa Sacco.
Hezbon Onyango escaped death narrowly after two touts beat him before kicking him out of their vehicle for protesting over change of route.
Onyango, who is recuperating from head and hand injuries he sustained during the incident, said he boarded the Karen-bound matatu at Railways Bus Terminus on December 29, last year.
Midway, the vehicle took a different route, triggering protests from the passengers.
“At the bus state, the touts had said the vehicle would use the Southern bypass. But once we started the journey, the vehicle took Ngong Road prompting protests from passengers,” he said.
According to a statement recorded at the Kilimani Police Station, he wanted to alight and take another vehicle if the touts insisted on using Ngong Road, but the conductors demanded fare for the journey.
“The tout approached me for fare and when I hesitated to give him money. He threatened to teach me a lesson should I not pay the full amount and went on to collect money from other passengers,” narrated Onyango.
As the vehicle approached City Mortuary roundabout, Onyango said the two touts pulled him from his seat and threw him out of the vehicle.
“The vehicle was cruising when two touts grabbed me and threw me out,” he said.
One of the passengers who also recorded a statement at Kilimani Police Station said one of the touts asked the driver to stop the matatu and went back to Onyango, who was now writhing in pain on the road, and beat him up some more.
“When I landed on the ground, I struggled and wrote the vehicle registration KCJ 656A number. The touts stopped the vehicle and came after me and started beating me up. Other passengers in the vehicle came out and apprehended one of the touts while the other fled,” said Onyango.
Onyango said some of the passengers took him to Nairobi Hospital while others called the police who took one of the touts and the vehicle to Kilimani Police Station, where they recorded a statement.
The young man suffered soft tissue injuries, dislocation on his left hand and bruises on the face, fingers and knees.
“Two passengers recorded statements over the incident while I was later asked to go and do the same,” he said.
However, our inquiries indicate that no suspect has been arraigned in court over this case and even the tout who was arrested was later released.
Onyango’s uncle, Masaka Wanga, said the family had asked National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to take disciplinary action against Nimoa Sacco and the matatu involved.
But Killimani OCPD Joseph Muthee said the suspect was released on bond even as the police await for the victim to process P3 forms to allow for investigations.
The incident comes in the wake of reports of rogue matatu drivers operating on roads with impunity.
Recently, a three-year-old child was injured after being pushed out of a moving matatu in Othoro village in Kasipul, Homa Bay County.
The minor escaped death narrowly, but suffered bruises on his face after he fell on the tarmac in the incident that occurred on Christmas Day.