Now Matatu sacco suspended over sexual attack

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The government has grounded over 200 public service vehicles from the Nazigi Sacco, whose two crew members were taken to court over a sexual attack on a female passenger.

The 243 matatus and buses belonging to the sacco, which plies the Githurai 44 route, were on Friday suspended from operating for 14 days by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

Bus driver Nicholas Mwangi and conductor Meshack Mwangi, were taken to court on Friday in connection with the attack.

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The two were arrested on Thursday and will be held at the Kasarani Police Station for 21 days pending investigations.

A matatu, registration number KBT 903R, was also impounded and was being held at the police station.

STRINGENT RULES

The suspension came barely hours after the government warned that matatu saccos involved in the crime would be blacklisted.

The new stringent rules were announced by Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru after an agreement with the concerned players in a bid to curb stripping and sexual assault on women.

The rules were agreed to by the Matatu Owners Association (Moa), the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Police Service, the Criminal Investigations Department, Maendeleo ya Wanawake and the Devolution ministry

Matatu owners will also suffer as their vehicles will be stopped from operating while drivers risk losing their licenses if members of staff are found culpable.

 

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