Road carnage sparks protests at Kikuyu

By: GEORGE MUGO

Residents of Kihunguro, Kiambu county, blocked the Kikuyu-Dagoretti road and lit bonfires in a protest yesterday after three passengers were injured in an accident.

The three are admitted at PCEA Kikuyu Hospital.

Kikuyu police boss Birgen Kiptoo said the matatu overturned and landed in a ditch on a hill between Kihunguro and Mutaratara.

“We are investigating to establish what caused the accident. The vehicle will be checked by an inspector who will give us the full report,” he said.

Residents said road accidents in the area have killed many people.

Kiptoo said on Sunday, three people died when two motorcycles collided head-on.

The riot forced motorists, including University of Nairobi Kikuyu campus students, to use alternative routes to Kikuyu town.

One resident said evil spirits baying for their blood have jammed the area.

“We want the government to allow us to pray for this area. We suspect one of us believes in evil spirits and they are thirsty. We want to eliminate the power of darkness,” resident Kevin Kairu said.

Police lobbed tear gas canisters to disperse the demonstrators.

Senator Kimani Wamatangi urged the Kenya National Highways Authority to put up speed bumps.

“Kehna should visit this area. We don’t understand how some accidents happen. It is very painful to see people riot every time because there is an accident,” he said.