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Nairobi News : December 23rd 2013
6 Monday, Dec 23 - Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Sh14m lost every year in replacing vandalised guardrails on roads BERNADINE MUTANU, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org I t costs the taxpayer Sh1.2 million every month to replace vandalised metals on Mombasa Road alone. This translates to a Sh14.4 million repair bill in a year — money that the ministry of Transport and Infrastructure says could be channel towards improvement of the road network in the city estates. As such the ministry is now mulling over the idea of replacing steel guardrails and road signs that the vandals’ love to steal with others made of alternative material. By this, the ministry may finally stem vandalism that is driven by scrap metal demand in the city even as it calls stiff scrap metal laws. “There has been increased theft of road signage and guardrails,” said Infrastruc- TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY GO TO www.nairobinews.co.ke/ vandalism ture Principal Secretary John Mosonik, last week. “We will conduct research to look for alternative materials to replace steel, which attracts vandals,” said Mr Mosonik. The official attributed many road accidents in the county to the vandalism. At the same time, he said, the government would upgrade the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport-Rironi Road. Already, the Nairobi Western Ring Road and Eastern Bypass, commissioned to ease traffic, are fully operational. Other roads under con- struction include the Nairobi Southern Bypass, Lang’ata Road as well as some improvements being done on roads in Upper Hill. Some of the roads, such as Lang’ata, General Waruinge and First Avenue in Eastleigh, Mr Mosoni acknowledged, had taken too long to be completed. He said the completion had been hampered by legal tussles and obstructing structures in the case of Lang’ata Road. The biggest hindrance in Eastleigh, he added, was the presence of sewer lines, underground and overhead electricity cables as well as traders and hawkers on the land intended for road construction. Danger looms on roads • Driving on a road without signage is dangeous and often causes accidents. Vandals who steal the road signs to sell as scrap metal put motorists in danger and many road accidents are attributed to this crime. • Guardrails are fixed on dangerous road edges to protect motorists from veering off. When removed, they leave motorists exposed to potential danger of plunging off with fatal consequences. MALACHI OBEGI, NairobiNews email@example.com Police are yet to make any arrests in connection with last week’s shooting of Amnesty International country boss Justus Nyangaya. Nonetheless, investiga- tions are ongoing and the police are optimistic they will turn out a crucial lead. “Our investigations are on course,” Ongata Rongai CID boss Dickson Kasyoki said. Mr Nyangaya (above) was shot and seriously injured on Tuesday night when thugs invaded his home in Acacia Estate, Ole Kasasi area. He was shot on the left side of his chest, his left hand and thigh during the midnight attack. Giving an account latter on, Mr Nyang’aya, now admitted at Karen Hospital, said he had just returned from escorting a neighbour when he was accosted by six armed men who forced themselves into his compound as he was closing the news To view VIDEO of this story, DOWNLOAD the NMG PLAY android app on Google Play and scan the picture ATTACKERS OF RIGHTS DEFENDER STILL FREE gate. “They came running towards me and at first I thought they were youth from neigbouring homes. I realised they were thugs when they pushed the door as I tried to close it,” he said. The six took his wallet and kept asking him to hand them more money. “I told them the money in the wallet was all I had,” he said adding that they then started shooting when he obstructed their attempt to go in the house. Court orders OCS to explain torture Summon. 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He told Magistrate Waku- mile that he was unable to stand on his feet after two officers, a male and a female, tortured him throughout Wednesday night. Supported by orderlies, he told the court that after beating him to a pulp an he could not stand, the officers then dragged him on his back on the rough floor causing him to bleed after which they tied him with chains. He, however, did not disclose what might have prompted the alleged beating. His mother, Mary Mureithi, said she was reduced to tears when she went to visit him in the police cell the next day only to find him bleeding from his hands, back and legs. She said when she con- fronted the two police officers, one whom she referred to as Madam Lucy, they beat him more for her pestering. “They told me to do what- ever pleases me and beat my son again in my presence until I could not hold back my tears,” she said. Initial cost According to her, Mr Mureithi was arrested after a disagreement with a female customer over the price of a sofa set he was making. The initial cost, she said, was Sh16,000. The customer had a change of mind and ordered for a more expensive design, but was not willing to foot the cost. She said he was then arrest- ed for the alleged offence. Ms Mureithi told the court that she feared that her son may have sustained serious injuries to his backbone. “My son cannot even stand and I am afraid his back may have been severely injured by the officers,” she told the court. The magistrate issued sum- mons to Kasarani OCS to appear in court today to explain the alleged beating. He also ordered that Mr Mureithi be taken to hospital for checkup and treatment. Kasarani OCPD Augustine Nthumbi said he was not aware of any kind of torture by police officers. He said it is against the law Mary Mureithi: They told me to do whatever pleases me and beat my son again in my presence until I could not hold back my tears” to torture suspects. Mr Mureithi’s case had been slotted for a plea hearing. However, following the accusations, the magistrate adjourned it.
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