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Commuter bus tout beaten into coma for failing to meet daily target

19 February 2016, 12:25

Nairobi - A commuter omnibus conductor is fighting for his life at the Kenyatta National Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after his employer beat him into a coma for failing to meet his daily target.

Twenty-five-year-old Geoffrey Kungutia was allegedly beaten by the manager of Astrabell Sacco, which is owned by a traffic police officer, for failing to meet his daily target of KES 8 000.

According to NTV, Kungutia was hit on the head with a blunt object on January 25, leaving him paralysed on the left side of his body and with memory lapses.

Family and friends condemned the matter in which police handled the case, saying the manager was arrested briefly, but released on cash bail.

Last year, the  National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) issued a directive to regulate the commuter omnibus industry by implementing a cashless fare payment system, but operators blocked it, citing logistics issues.

- News24


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