The National Police Service deputy spokesman, Anthony Munga, says authorities have launched investigations into an incident in which a solo Tuk Tuk rider was captured on video stoning two traffic police officers on a road in Nakuru County.
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Mr Munga says the cause of the scuffle between the parties is yet to be established.
“For now, we cannot authoritatively say who caused the violent attacks; it could be the traffic police officers captured on video, or the Tuk Tuk rider. Though, I can confirm that the incident happened in Nakuru County last weekend. Police have launched a search for the Tuk Tuk rider to help in investigations. The police officers [in the video] will also give their side of the story as well. What was captured on the video clip is just a small part of the confrontations. So, I wouldn’t say that the Tuk Tuk rider took the law into his own hands or not,” Mr Munga told EDAILY on phone.
“Nakuru County Police Commander, Hassan Barua, has taken up the matter, and we will issue a comprehensive statement soon. Meanwhile, let us wait for the investigations to be completed,” said Mr Munga.
Police spokesperson Charles Owino, who we had initially reached on phone, is out of the country.
On Sunday, November 25, a video of the solo Tuk Tuk rider throwing stones at two traffic police officers went viral on Facebook.
The cause of the violent confrontations remains unknown, though it is believed by a section of online users that the Tuk Tuk rider could have flouted traffic rules.
The 42 seconds video clip begins by showing the Tuk Tuk rider pinning one of the law enforcement officers to the ground and throwing punches at him. He, thereafter, leaves toward his Tuk Tuk.
While that was happening, the other cop was hiding in a nearby ditch.
The Tuk Tuk rider got into his three-wheeled motorized vehicle and sped off.
The second cop came out of hiding, picked a stone and pelted it at the Tuk Tuk.
The rider, however, took a U-turn and rode towards the police, forcing one of the cops to flee.
The Tuk Tuk rider then took a second U-turn, rode for approximately five meters, stopped, stormed out of the motorised vehicle, and picked stones on the road, which he hurled at the police officers.
The cops ran away to escape the attack.
The video ends showing the Tuk Tuk rider getting into his motorised vehicle.