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DPP Keriako Tobiko calls for files of crew as matatu operators protest charges

he Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko

he Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has called for the police file of matatu crew charged over terror attacks on two buses to establish the reason and desirability of the charges.

The action raises anxiety of likelihood the DPP might terminate the charges against the five crew members because many experts have termed it faulty.

Officials said the DPP wants to study the file before making a decision on the way forward.

The move came as matatu operators on Githurai route, Nairobi Wednesday went on strike to protest the prosecution of their colleagues on Tuesday over the twin blasts along Thika Road that killed three people.

The operators blocked the highway at Githurai and were demanding the release of the crew. Police arrived at the scene to negotiate with the protestors. They later parked on the roadside after hours of blockade.

The blockade caused a huge traffic jam along the busy road and some motorists were being diverted at Roysambu and Ruiru.

They said it is the work of police and National Intelligence Service to detect, and prevent the manufacture of the bombs and not them.

“We pay taxes for the security agencies to protect us. They are supposed to know how, who and when these bombs are made and arrest the bombers. It is not our work and that is why we are demanding release of our colleagues,” shouted a matatu tout James Kimani at the scene.

The operators said police are now focusing on the wrong people as if they are the ones who caused the blasts.

“We do not have the capacity to know bombers. Police and intelligence people do and they are paid to do that.”

Five crewmembers of the buses attacked in the Sunday twin blasts on Thika Road were charged at the Makadara law courts with failure to prevent murder.

Robert Gakuru, Geoffrey Mwangi, Joshua Wambugu, James Miring’u Munene and Anthony Mutua Masila allegedly failed to prevent the felony, namely murder, by failing to screen the passengers while boarding the vehicles.

This exposed the vehicle to being blown up by an unknown passenger resulting in the deaths of three people and more than 80 injuries.

But through their lawyer Mbiyu Kamau, the accused pleaded with the court to be lenient while giving bond terms since they earn meagre salaries from their jobs and that they were also victims of the attack. The five denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Emily Ominde. They were released on a Sh5 million bond each and two surety of similar amounts. The case will be heard on July 17.

One of the ill-fated buses was ferrying passengers from the Central Business District to Githurai 45 and the other one to Mwiki in Kasarani before the Sunday blasts.

One of the ill-fated buses was ferrying passengers from the Central Business District to Githurai 45 and the other one to Mwiki in Kasarani before the Sunday blasts.

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