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Bus sacco suspended over sex attack

The government has grounded more than 200 public service vehicles from Nazigi Sacco whose two crew members were taken to court over the sexual attack of a female passenger.

The 243 matatus and buses belonging to the sacco, which plies the Githurai 44 route, were on Friday suspended for 14 days by the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA).

Mr. Nicholas Mwangi, a bus driver and a conductor, Mr. Meshack Mwangi, were taken to court on Friday in connection with the attack.

The two were arrested on Thursday and will be held at the Kasarani Police Station for 21 days pending investigations.

A matatu, registration number KBT 903R, was also impounded and is currently held at the police station.

STRINGENT RULES

The suspension came barely hours after the government warned that matatu saccos involved in the crime would be blacklisted.

The new stringent rules were announced by Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru after an agreement with concerned players in a bid to curb stripping and sexually assault on women.

The rules were agreed upon by the Matatu Owners Association (Moa), Director of Prosecutions, the Police Service, Criminal Investigations Department, Maendeleo ya Wanawake and the Devolution ministry

Matatu owners will also suffer as their vehicles will be stopped from operating while drivers risk withdrawal of licenses if members of staff are found culpable.