President Uhuru Kenyatta at the JKIA on January 31, 2016 after returning from the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. PHOTO | COURTESY
A traffic Police officer was on Sunday night hit and killed by a speeding motorist along Mombasa Road while controlling traffic to pave way for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s motorcade.
The officer, identified as Corporal Levi Njonjo, was in the company of Embakasi OCPD Apollo Onyonyi, OCS Victor Nyongesa and three other officers near the diversion to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The incident happened a few minutes before midnight.
His colleagues managed to escape unhurt when they saw the car approaching but Corporal Njonjo died on the spot.
“We were on presidential coverage before arrival of the President from AU Summit in Ethiopia. He had not arrived and we were just preparing for his arrival.
“We were many officers on this particular spot and the car, a Toyota Wish driven by a man with his family, approached with speed and we moved away in haste.
“The next thing I saw was our officer being knocked. I heard a very loud thud and the sound of emergency breaks. After everything went calm, the officer was dead on the ground,” Mr Onyinyi said.
He said the driver of the vehicle was not drunk but was speeding.
The driver was arrested and taken to the Embakasi Police Station. His vehicle is also detained at the station.
Nairobi Traffic Commandant Edward Mwamburi said police have opened investigations into the incident and that the driver will be arraigned in court.
The incident comes a day after the Deputy Traffic Commandant Pius Baraza was seriously injured when his car lost control and veered off the road and rolled.
Mr Baraza is recuperating at the Aga Khan Hospital while is car is at the Pangani Police Station.