3 Injured from Tuk-Tuk accident caused by Machakos inspectorate officer

TheTuk tuk that rolled near Machakos Level 5 Hospital as Machakos County inspectorate officer tried to arrest it. (Photo credit - Raphael/Mauvoo)

3 people, a driver, an inspectorate officer from Machakos County, and a pedestrian were Monday rushed to Machakos level 5 hospital for treatment after the Tuk-tuk they were traveling in rolled near the hospital.

According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the Tuk-tuk lost control after Machakos county inspectorate officer tried to arrest him and took control of the steering.

Another eyewitness added that it has been a routine for Machakos county officers from the inspectorate department to harass Tuk-tuk drivers working in Machakos county.

They appealed to Machakos County Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua to intervene saying Tuk-tuk drivers are facing a difficult time working in Machakos.

“That is not the way they are directed to arrest vehicles, let them take the Number plates and report. But chasing the vehicle all over the town is not making sense,” said the eye witness.

Machakos county Tuk-tuk association’s chairman Joseph Kioko addressing the press said it is shocking for Machakos Inspectorate officers to chase their drivers and use force urging them to change the way they are handling their members.

Kioko asked them to follow the laws when arresting drivers to avoid road accidents.

“Do not use force but approach the driver in the right way. If there is a need for arrest, just let him take the Tuk-tuk to your office instead of using force by holding the steering,” he advised.

In March, Governor Mutua banned Boda Bodas, Maruti, and tuk-tuk in Machakos County. A week after announcing the ban on Boda Boda’s, Tuk-tuks and Marutis which commenced on Wednesday 25th March 2020, the Governor lifted the ban and asked them to comply with the National Government directives.

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