Kitui Driver charged with two counts of murder

BY BWIRE MARVIN

Angry traders in Kitui town demonstrated against demolition of kiosks by the county government on Friday 16th. They lit bonfires barricading Kitui -Thika road for hours paralyzing transport in the town. This led to Former Mayor Martha Mwangangi being ran over by the county fire engine truck that crushed her to death. The truck was trying to scare away protesters who had threatened to torch another county vehicle.

The driver behind the fire truck that killed former Kitui Mayor Martha Mwangangi and nearly ran over former CS Charity Ngilu has been charged with two counts of murder through dangerous driving on Tuesday 20th December. Philip Tito Isika did not however take plea after police asked for 14 more days to complete investigations.

Earlier, Police had told journalists that a Mr. John Nzuki caused the accident but later produced Mr. Tito in court. The two are both county government drivers. County commissioner Boaz Cherutich and county police commander Cheruto Githinji said there was a mix-up in the names and that the person who actually drove the fire engine was the one taken to court.

“Please don’t read any mischief in it because it was just a mix-up, investigations established that the real suspect is Philip Isika Tito,” Mr. Cherutich told journalists in his office. The accused appeared before Kitui resident magistrate Rose Ombata who instead gave the investigators seven days to complete their investigations.

His lawyer Japheth Mwalimu argued that detaining his client for that period worked against his constitutional rights. Isika was behind the wheels of the fire truck that crushed Martha and nearly killed Charity Ngilu on Friday last week. Ngilu escaped death after her aide pushed her aside.

The incident sparked uproar among Kitui politicians with wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka accusing the county government of Kitui of being reckless during demolition of illegal structures.

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