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KOT in campaign to end matatu menace after attempted drugging incident

Kenyans on Twitter have launched an online campaign to rein in rogue matatu crews after reports of a chilling incident where a woman was almost drugged using a needle went viral.

Matatu driver Patrick Kinyanjui Thuku was on Monday arraigned in court in connection with incident where Karimi Mwari, the victim, lost her prized phone.

Ms Mwari narrated her ordeal on social media claiming that the matatu driver pulled her bag as she was about to alight while a man with a turban shoved her.

She says the driver held a syringe with a needle in what appeared to be well planned drugging plan.

HASHTAG

KOT have now started a campaign under the hashtag #StopMatatuMenace, pointing an accusing finger at the National Transport and Safety Authority, for the “mismanagement” of the Matatu service.

Some even wished that the indefatigable Transport minister John Michuki, who once reined in on the matatu industry would rise from the dead.

In July, Angela Nyang’or also took to social media to warn the public after she and her sister were roughed up by Matatu touts who were forcing them to enter into their vehicle.

“He held my hand and wouldn’t let go, I feared for our lives, we could get raped or they could decide to undress us on the streets because the number of touts gathering was increasing alarmingly. Eventually he let go of my sister’s hand and I frantically started looking for another Juja matatu so we can leave as soon as possible,” she told Nairobi News.

VEERED OFF THE ROAD

And on September 25, four people died and six others were injured after a matatu veered off the road and overturned on Lang’ata Road, Nairobi.

According to police, the accident occurred as a result of speeding.

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