Police arrest 20 boda boda riders for stoning woman’s car after multiple accidents in Kitengela

On January 18, 2024, in Kitengela, police officers apprehended 20 boda boda riders who were allegedly involved in damaging a female driver’s car. The Kitengela Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) led a Friday evening operation, seeking assistance from officers of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

The police report, dated January 19, 2024, stated that the operation was a response to an incident that occurred in Kitengela township on January 18, 2024, as reported in OB 98/18/01/2024. During the raid, 26 motorbikes were impounded and held at the Kitengela Police Station.

The riders are expected to face charges of assault and malicious damage of property, with their court appearance scheduled for Monday.

A circulating video on social media captured several enraged riders throwing stones at a black Nissan Juke vehicle belonging to the female driver. The footage showed a red motorbike positioned beneath the car as the driver took refuge inside to protect herself from the agitated boda boda riders. Police intervention became necessary as the riders continued to hurl stones, causing damage to the car’s windows.

According to a police report filed by the riders, the woman had allegedly collided with a boda boda rider on the way from Athi River to Kitengela. The incident resulted in injuries to the pillion passenger’s right leg and head. Subsequently, the driver fled towards Namanga, hitting a 32-year-old pedestrian on the left leg below the knee and his 4-year-old son, who complained of chest pains.

The series of accidents culminated in the woman reportedly striking another rider while attempting to escape from angry locals. The identity of the female driver has not been disclosed by the police, and investigations have commenced to determine her involvement in the reported accidents.