By KANYIRI WAHITO: NAIROBI NEWS
Traffic police officers on duty along Moi Avenue in Nairobi were on Sunday afternoon stunned when a pimped up matatu hit their patrol car destroying the rear bumper and boot in a shocking incident of road rage.
The matatu christened TY Dollar, belongs to the NAWASAKU Sacco which ply the Kahawa-Kenyatta University route along Thika Superhighway.
It all started as a friendly competition between matatu routes with the best graffiti, LED screens, WIFI, superb music systems and interior decorations.
Youths, who had turned out in large numbers, took the opportunity to enjoy free rides along Moi Avenue in a loud and boisterous show characterized by unruly driving.
Other than bouncing the matatus on the road, some of the drivers kept honking and screeching on the brakes while swaying the vehicles from side to side as the youths hang dangerously from the window and the door.
FLED THE SCENE
A lone police officer, who was busy controlling traffic, was greatly overwhelmed by the surging number of rowdy youths chanting and singing praises for their favorite matatus.
City residents who were leaving church at midday also took time to record the unfolding matatu drama that punctured the tranquility that the city’s CBD is used to most Sundays.
But the fun was short-lived after the driver of TY Dollar suddenly, and without notice, reversed on the wrong side of the road and rammed into the police car parked on the side of the road.
On realizing the damaged he had caused, the matatu driver engaged top gear and fled the scene even as the jolted three officers inside the car reacted by lobbing tear gas canisters at the rowdy youths.
As the matatu sped off towards University Way, some of the youths scampered for safety across the road and into Jevanjee Gardens.
The fun loving speed demons driving the matatu had earlier on revealed they had planned a road trip to Meru County until tragedy struck.