Tony Musa

Agitated mourners reject food and cash offered by Kilifi county government to family of bodaboda rider who was hit by a county vehicle

Hundreds of mourners on Saturday rejected food offered by the Kilifi county government during the funeral of a slain boda boda rider .

The rider was knocked down by an inspectorate vehicle,agitated locals of  Mtangani, Malindi town told the family to “return the food to where it came from” .

They further claimed that it would not be fair to receive an offer from the same county that led to the death of their kin.

An image of Tony Musa, the boda boda rider who died after being knocked by a county government vehicle, during his burial on September 1. /ALPHONCE GARI

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The death of Tony Musa, 20, sparked protests at the Malindi sub-county hospital amid claims of negligence by doctors who were attending to him.

Musa was killed by a county inspectorate vehicle which was chasing a matatu at Airport area on the Malindi Mombasa road on August 28.

His family members and the Kilifi county boda boda association gave the county government 21 days to compensate the family or face the courts.

On Thursday, the county government offered foodstuff, including 300 kilos of rice, two bags of maize, cooking oil, wheat flour and Sh100,000 to help the family meet funeral expenses.

The residents shouted down Alfred Ngalla , a family member, as he announced the county’s contribution towards Musa’s burial.

The lot said they did not want to hear anything about the county donation and asked Ngalla to return the food.

Ngalla called on the Director of Public Prosecution to investigate the matter and ensure action is taken against those who failed to perform their duties.

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He said

“We are weak Kenyans and need justice because of death caused by negligence of the hospital.”

Joseph Mwangu of the boda boda association said it was not the first time the county vehicle knocked a boda boda rider.

Earlier in the year, he said the same county inspectorate vehicle knocked and injured a woman who was in a boda boda and seriously injured her.

“To date, the woman is still having injuries and has not received any support. We want the DPP to investigate this matter and ensure the family gets justice,”

Health executive Omar Anisa had dismissed the allegations of negligence claiming the doctors did their part in an attempt to save Musa’s life after the accident.

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