Long distance truck drivers decry increased attacks on highway

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 2 Jul, 2021 19:03 | < 1 min read

Long distance truck drivers have decried the increasing number of attacks along the northern transport corridor, which has left a number of them dead.

 According to the Kenya Drivers Association chairman David Masinde there have been increased cases of attacks on drivers along the corridor with the Nairobi –Nakuru section being the most affected route. 

Masinde said three drivers under their association have been killed in the past four months while numerous others have been attacked by criminals who at times disguise themselves as passengers seeking assistance. 

The chairman consequently cautioned drivers against carrying unauthorized passengers along the route as it puts them at great risk of attacks. 

Masinde at the same time urged traffic police officers manning the highway to ensure all passengers on the trucks are inspected noting of a recent case where a driver was attacked and killed at Chemoi area along Mai Mahiu highway shortly after leaving a police inspection stop. 

He said that the alleged hijackers some times use smaller cars to block the trucks on the road and then attack the drivers leaving some with serious injuries. 

He said the hijackers also siphon fuel in cases where the drivers have no substantial cash and later abandon the truck which he said derail the transit of the cargo. 

Contacted, Naivasha Police Commander Samuel Waweru said the police are in pursuit of some suspected hijackers operating on the highway. 

Waweru also cautioned drivers against carrying strangers whom he noted have been the main cause of attacks and hijackings.