Angry Hawkers Fight ‘Citi Hoppa’ Bus Driver After He Knocked Down Fruit Vendor

The Central Bus Station

Commuters present said the Citi Hoppa fleet of buses which was at one time owned by the late Juja Constituency MP George Thuo has been run down by reckless and indiscipline drivers

By Special Correspondent

Nairobi’s crowded Central Bus Station was for several hours a no-go zone last Thursday after an over-speeding Citi Hoppa bus ran down a fruit vendor leaving him for the dead. Angry traders then reacted in pure fury, swiftly hurled rocks at the bus destroying all windows and the windscreen while at the same time attempting to lynch the driver as his victim lay hopeless under the bus.

 Only the quick intervention by police on patrol and county askaris saved the driver from mob justice. Traders and commuters at the busy bus station demanded to know why the Citi Hoppa fleet of buses was being driven like “military trucks” on the battlefield. An ambulance soon arrived on the scene and took the injured vendor to the hospital. Traders accosted Citi Hoppa managers demanding that they foot the bill of treating the injured man who had to be plucked from under the bus, he survived.

According to the traffic police who handled the case, the Citi Hoppa driver is likely to be charged in court for dangerous driving, that is if the injured trader survives if he dies, then the driver will face manslaughter charges

Commuters present said the Citi Hoppa fleet of buses which was at one time owned by the late Juja Constituency MP George Thuo has been run down by reckless and indiscipline drivers. They accused some of the crew of driving while drunk.

The bus station area is normally a beehive of activity with open eateries and an army of hawkers selling all manner of goods, from food, clothes to shoes while some of them roast maize for a living. According to the traffic police who handled the case, the Citi Hoppa driver is likely to be charged in court for dangerous driving, that is if the injured trader survives. If he dies, then the driver would face manslaughter charges. The female traffic cop told bus and matatu drivers to slow down when they enter the CBD saying wananchi going about their business need to be safe from motorists.

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