Three Nairobi City County law enforcement officers found themselves in hot soup after an attempt to tow a vehicle parked illegally in the Central Business District (CBD) went horribly awry.
Drama ensued at around 10:30am when the officers, popularly known as “Kanjo“, realized that the owner of a car parked along Banda Street had not paid the KSh300 fee.
They promptly clamped the silvery BMW, just about the time its owner arrived. An exchange of words degenerated into a full-blown argument as the Kanjos backed up their ramshackle breakdown truck and attempted to tow away the vehicle.
The drama attracted a huge crowd of curious onlookers.
As the Kanjo driver attempted to negotiate a sharp corner to join Kimathi Street, the BMW, hooked onto the breakdown, slid. It hit a pedestrian, injuring him badly. By then, an army of Bodaboda riders had swarmed the scene.
‘Kanjo’ Rams Into Other Cars
Upon realising the damage they had done, the county officers decided to run from the angry mob. In the melee, they rammed into several cars parked along Kimathi Street.
Two of the officers abandoned the breakdown and took off on foot. Meanwhile, the crowd caught up with the vehicle and trained its anger on it – yanking off the bonnet, smashing the windscreen and vandalising the engine. The Kanjo who took “the last stand” was rescued from the mob by police officers.
The Kanjo breakdowns that roam the CBD hunting for violators of by-laws are anathema to motorists. They ruthlessly enforce the laws on parking, double-parking, traffic lights, illegal turns, stoppings, entries, and zebra crossings. The breakdowns are said to be owned by senior traffic police officers, and officials from the Nairobi City County. They charge a premium penalty for towing.
Irony is, the breakdowns are themselves un roadworthy.