Ayub Kinyanjui Muigai, the father of seven-year-old boy whose video driving a Toyota Prado went viral was arraigned before the Kandara Law Courts on Tuesday morning, June 15.
Appearing before Resident Magistrate Margaret Kinyanjui, Muigai pleaded guilty to the offence of permitting a person who is not a holder of a valid driving licence to drive a motor vehicle.
Muigai was slapped with a KSh20,000 fine or serve a jail term of three months.
In his defence, Muigai told the court that he had taken his vehicle at a car wash in the same area and later proceeded to a supermarket leaving his son unmanned.
Upon coming back, he says, he realised that his son had reversed the vehicle and parked it somewhere else, when he was filmed.
He was arrested by police officers from Kiwara Police Station in Gatanga Sub-County on Monday evening, for allowing a minor to drive his car.
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.
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.