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Court detains truck driver of a vehicle that exploded and killed 6 people.

by Robert Guyana

Milimani Law Courts Magistrate has allowed DCI to detain a truck driver believed to have offloaded the gas in Embakasi gas filling station days before the station exploded killing 6 people and maiming over 300 people.

The truck driver Abraham Mwangi Guyo is said to have offloaded the gas from Tanzania.

The prosecution informed court that they are investigating the driver on cases of murder contrary to section 317 of the Penal Code, conspiracy to commit a felony and negligent act causing harm.

The driver was arrested on February 14, 2024 for the suspicion of having committed the said offences on diverse dates between January 1, and February 2, 2024.

The prosecution told Court that the driver went missing immediately after the gas explosion and resurfaced on February 13 seeking an anticipatory bail.

Prosecution believes that he has very important information and leads on other suspects who are yet to be identified that investigators cannot ignore, however, his release at the moment will jeopardize investigations as he is likely to interfere with investigations either directly or indirectly.

Further, prosecution submitted that the information that has been received from the driver and Kenya Revenue Authority point to an expanded investigation spanning to other parts of the country and across the borders to the Republic of Tanzania in tracing the source of the disaster causing LPG as evident from information obtained from the Kenya revenue Authority LPG clearance made at the Oloitokitok border point on the 25th January, 2024 about five days to the tragedy.

The Prosecution also informed Court that the driver produced an offloading receipt purporting to have offloaded gas at TAYO GAS LIMITED on 28th day of January 2024, and the plant does not appear on the licensed facility register as received from EPRA.

Further, the prosecution told court that police also want to establish how the purported truck found its way to the scene of the tragedy.

The case will be mentioned on February 28.

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