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Police hunt down Oyugis riders who set lorry on fire

Eyewitnesses said the riders set the truck on fire after engaging its driver in verbal exchange.

In Summary

• Area police commander Patrick Onsando said they were trying to establish the circumstances that led to the burning of the tuck.

• Onsando said the bodaboda men accused the truck driver of injuring their colleague.

Lorry goes up in flames in Oygis town on January 14, 2020
Lorry goes up in flames in Oygis town on January 14, 2020
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO

Police officers in Kasipul are investigating an incident in which bodaboda riders allegedly set fire on a lorry belonging to a road construction company.

The water bowser knocked down and injured a rider and his passenger in Oyugis town. The incident occurred on Tuesday night on Oyugis–Kisumu road. A passenger in the lorry also suffered injuries. 

On Wednesday, area police commander Patrick Onsando said they were trying to establish the circumstances that led to the burning of the lorry. “They accused the driver of carelessness. But we’re investigating reasons why they burnt the truck,” Onsando said.

The riders were joined by other members of the public in committing the crime. Eyewitnesses said the riders set the truck on fire after engaging its driver in verbal exchange. “They roughed him up before setting fire on the truck,” one resident said.

A group of officers from Oyugis police station went to the scene but found the riders had fled. Onsando cautioned members of the public against taking the law into their own hands. “We’ll take action against people who will be found responsible for the burning down of the truck,” he said.

Oyugis Township chief Nelson Odiwuor said the injured rider and his passenger were heading home from Oyugis town. “The victims sustained serious injuries to different parts of their bodies and were rushed to Matata Hospital in the town,” he said.