NAIROBI, Kenya — Two police officers and three civilians have been injured after a lorry rammed into a police vehicle at a barricade on Thika Road in Nairobi.
Witnesses and police say the accident happened at around 10:30 pm when a speeding lorry hit a roadblock mounted in the area to enable police officers to implement covid-19 curfew rules.
Kasarani Police boss Peter Mwanzo confirmed the incident stating that one officer sustained fractures on his hands while the other was injured on his leg. The two were rushed to Nairobi West Hospital where they are currently receiving medical attention.
“The car was in good conditions. The breaks had not failed…The night operation was 90 per cent successful with no scenes.” Mwanzo said.
According to the Police boss, the drunk driver deliberately committed the incident to escape the roadblock despite being an essential service provider.
“It is unfortunate he wanted to cause death yet he would have just been allowed to pass.”
Two other ladies accompanying the driver also sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital.
The trucker was arrested and is set to face charges on Tuesday. The incident saw police officers remove roadblocks that have been blamed for causing anguish to Nairobi residents heading home.
On Monday 19, more police officers were dispatched in the area despite complaints from citizens. The officers introduced water cannons to the barricades.
The move comes a day after a police officer manning a roadblock along Dr. Griffin road was seriously injured when a speeding motorcycle struck him. He was rushed to the hospital where he was admitted, meanwhile the police arresting and detaining the cyclist.
For the third day, some motorists have been detained at various roadblocks for flouting Covid-19 curfew rules.
These roadblocks have been mounted on various roads in a bid to enact covid-19 containment measures which include an 8:00pm curfew in Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru and Machakos counties.
In a revised gazette noticed dated April 12, interior CS Fred Matiang’i said the 8:00pm to 4:00am curfew in the zoned counties would be extended to May 29.
The CS said, “This order shall apply during the hours of darkness between eight o’clock in the evening and four o’clock in the morning with effect from March 29, 2021 and shall remain in effect for a period of sixty days thereof.”