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Umoinner now want their vehicles released

Owners of Umoinner matatus have sued Transport Secretary Michael Kamau and Inspector General of Police David Kimayio in an effort to have their impounded vehicles released.

The owners have asked Judge Weldon Korir to overturn the decision by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to ground their vehicles at the traffic police headquarters.

The Umoinner fleet of buses was on Friday stopped from carrying passengers until the vehicles were inspected and cleared, days after one of them was involved in an accident with a train killing 12 people.

The sacco operates around 70 buses.

The company, through lawyer Otieno Arum, told the court that the driver who caused the accident, Mr Edward Githae Wanjau, was arrested and has since been charged in court and as such the reason to ground all of the sacco’s vehicles was misadvised.

“The decision by the chairman was misinformed,” explained lawyer Arum.

The judge certified the application urgent, saying the owners established an arguable case.

The case will be heard Wednesday.