– Accident involved Borabu MP Ben Momanyi’s Toyota Land Cruiser and a motorcyclist.
– From the scene, the MP is said to have headed straight to the Eldoret International Airport and took a flight to Nairobi.
The police have been implicated in yet another cover-up attempt in a road accident, this time involving an MP’s vehicle, which hit and killed a motorcyclist.
The report on the fatal accident in Eldoret Town shows that some information was altered and evidence omitted.
The accident, whose date is given as either July 31 or August 3, involved Borabu MP Ben Momanyi’s Toyota Land Cruiser and a motorcyclist, Mr Ernest Kipkemoi Arusei, who died on the spot.
In his brief to the police headquarters, the Eldoret traffic boss, Chief Inspector Lawrence Analo, said the incident happened about six kilometres from the Eldoret Police Station, near Kapseret Centre, and involved vehicle registration number KCA 330K, which was being driven by the MP’s driver, identified as Mr Victor Menya.
Though two police officers who visited the scene were informed of the presence of three other occupants in the vehicle, including the MP, they had not summoned them to record statements.
On Sunday, a senior police officer said the MP had not been summoned to record a statement since the officers “did not find him at the scene”.
Witnesses said that the MP was in the company of his bodyguard and a former top official of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
Records from the Registrar of Motor Vehicles show that the vehicle, manufactured in 2008, is registered jointly in the names of the MP and the National Assembly.
The report, filed by a Constable Wambalo, also did not indicate that the driver was injured and spent three days in hospital.
Police have also maintained that the entry made in the Occurrence Book on July 31 was for a different accident.
The entry OB 10/3/8/2015 is indicated as a follow-up report that does not make any reference to the initial report, and the reference of the entry in the Injury Accident Register (Fatal) IAR (F) as 48/2015.
In the records, the accident was placed under Cause Code 10, implying that the driver was “overtaking improperly”.
Witnesses said the MP’s car was coming from the direction of Kapsabet and heading towards Eldoret Town and was being trailed by another car whose registration number was not taken.
The occupants of the other car are said to have been chasing the MP’s vehicle over a personal dispute. It was during the high-speed car chase that the Wiper Party MP’s vehicle knocked down the boda boda rider.
A mob that witnessed the accident blocked the vehicle from leaving the scene, pulled the driver out and attacked him, injuring him seriously.
It was during the ensuing confusion that the MP, his bodyguard and the former EACC official managed to flee the scene of the accident.
From the scene, the MP is said to have headed straight to the Eldoret International Airport and taken a flight to Nairobi.
He flew to the US the same evening.
The injured driver was then taken to an Eldoret hospital, where he spent three days for treatment. On being discharged, he went to the police station and recorded a statement in which he maintained that he was alone in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
He is also said to have claimed that the accident occurred on Monday, August 3, a date that would indicate that the MP could not have been in the vehicle as he had already left for the US three days earlier.