Police have arrested the father of a seven-year-old boy whose video driving a Toyota Prado went viral on Sunday, June 14.
Ayub Kinyanjui Muigai was arrested by police officers from Kiwara Police Station in Gatanga Sub-County, for allowing a minor to drive his car.
According to police report, Muigai will be arraigned in court tomorrow (Tuesday, June 15) and will be charged with the offence of “permitting a person who is not a holder of a valid driving licence to drive a motor vehicle.”
In the video that has set tongues wagging, the child is seen effortlessly and expertly driving a Toyota Prado at Delview Park area in Thika.
At some point, a shocked photojournalist asks him to reverse the vehicle a bit. The speed with which he engages the reverse gear and starts reversing the posh car is startling, to say the least.
The minor driving a Toyota Prado
While some Kenyans lauded the ‘talented’ child, others criticised his parents for “endangering his life” by allowing him to drive on the road.
According to popular lawyer Wahome Thuku, the kid’s parents should be answering charges in a court already. Although Wahome acknowledges that it is good for parents who own cars to let their children know how to drive generally, he says that is it a huge traffic offence to drive a car on a public road without a driving licence.
“It’s even a bigger offence to allow someone drive your car on a public road without a DL. And the definition of Public Road in law is so wide, it includes even what you think should be private. Such a parent should be answering charges in court already. In fact, in the case of a PSV, even allowing unlicensed person to have the custody of the vehicle is an offence,” says Wahome.
For one to acquire a driving licence in Kenya, you must be at least 18 years old. In some states in the US, children are allowed to drive at the age of 14.