A four years old child identified as Elmanus Musiepa was this morning run over in Gataka by a lorry transporting ballast. The late Elmanus was being escorted to school by her elder brother.
John Yamech who claimed to have witnessed the tragic accident told the members of the press that, as the two children were crossing the road at around 7:30am, a driver of a small saloon car noticed them and stopped abruptly, to allow them to cross. John also claimed the lorry driver who was slightly behind the saloon car, attempted to overtake and honked loudly. He further claimed the children, who had almost crossed the road, panicked and ran back to the road where she was run over by the same lorry. The brother luckily managed to escape death or serious injuries. The lorry driver is said to have escaped from the scene.
The Late Elmanus Musiepa grandmother identified as Mrs Serah Kadenge visited the accident scene at around 10am and Everbest Primary school where her granddaughter was a baby class student. The traumatized and sad grandmother said the child’s father had passed on recently bringing more pain to the family.
Nkaimurunya MCA James Waichanguru faced slight hostility when he visited the scene of the accident and attempted to calm down the protesters who were demanding justice for the late child. The MCA later made a statement and said there was a request made to Kerra for the Gataka Road contractor to erect bumps along the road. He further said bumps will be a solution to deter speeding vehicles using the road especially, lorries which are dumping soil in the area. He requested the traffic police to monitor traffic along the road.
The protesters burnt two Lorries claimed to belong to a Kiserian based businessman who is said to own approximately 30-35 lorries. The second lorry according to John Yamech arrived at the scene shortly after the incident. The driver stopped to check on his colleague and shortly after, his lorry was also torched by the protesters. Ngong firefighters who had responded were attacked. The fire vehicle sustained damages.
Gataka police were reinforced by Rongai Riot police team and managed to control the crowd mid-afternoon by lodging teargas and firing blanks. Several people were arrested.
Today’s accident happened a month to the anniversary of the 7 children who were run over by a lorry along a road connecting Elmerijo and Olkeri in June 2017. 6 children died on the spot and 1 child died in the hospital.