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Family of woman who was thrown out of moving matatu still waiting for justice

After nearly three months of seeking justice for their deceased kin, the family of a woman thrown from a moving bus is still in pain.

Judy Wanjiku, 26, was reportedly thrown out from a “Memba Sacco” bus in Juja, Kiambu County, on February 6.

She died a few hours later, and quest for justice began. Her family, however, says justice has been elusive.

“She was a vibrant person, always ready to cooperate. I am yet to comprehend why they (matatu crew) threw her out of the bus,” her brother Isaac Nyaga told a local television station. “They killed her dreams totally.”

According to Wanjiku’s family and lawyer, the suspects involved resumed business shortly after the incident. The crew was arrested shortly after Wanjiku’s death on February 7. But the vehicle owner reportedly went to court, and the matatu was released on March 16.

Judy Wanjiku Matatu
Judy Wanjiku was buried at Githambo village, Kiharu constituency, Muranga County, on February 14. PHOTO/FILE
Untouchable Matatu

“The chairman of the Memba Sacco seems to be untouchable. That is why even the National Transport and Safety Authority won’t act,” Collins Wanderi, the family lawyer says.

Wanjiku’s family says they’ve sought the intervention of Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji, and Police Inspector General Hilary Mutyambai with nary a success.

On that fateful day, Wanjiku was headed for Mwea, Kirinyaga County, to meet her fiancée. She was preparing for her wedding. A beneficiary of Equity Group Foundation’s Wings To Fly programme who had reportedly enrolled for a Masters Degree course at the University of Nairobi, her life was on an upward tempo. Until it was violently ended by the matatu crew.

Tiff Over Fare

Eyewitnesses claimed Wanjiku disagreed with the crew over fare. She was reportedly pushed from the vehicle, hitting her head on the tarmac. She was treated at a Ruiru hospital and discharged.

On February 7, however, Wanjiku complained of headache and was taken to Thika Level V Hospital, where she died.

All her family now wants is justice, with the culprits brought to book.

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