Details have emerged indicating police officers who were assigned to escort buses to Lamu could not be reached on phone when drivers called for their help.
Raymond Juma Kahindi, a driver of Mombasa Raha bus which was among those that were attacked, disclosed that when the militia shot at the wheels of his bus he tried calling for police but the phone went unanswered.
While narrating the events of the fateful Thursday, December 2, at Nyongoro area, Kahindi said he had overtaken two other buses that were heading to Lamu before he was attacked.
“When I reached at Gamba Police Station where we usually pick our escort team I found only one escort was waiting for me, I was allowed to go on and I managed to overtake the other two buses that were ahead of me,” narrated Kahindi.
After successfully overtaking the buses he met another matatu parked on the roadside but never bothered to inquire what was going on.
“After moving some distance from that matatu I heard three gunshots in the air but I refused to slow down, they then shot at the wheels of the vehicle but I drove off with the rims before I finally stopped after moving quite a distance,” he said.
When he stopped he asked all his passengers to get off the vehicle and run for their dear lives. He told them he would be the last one to get out.
“At that time I had a chance to call the escort team and inform them what had happened. I tried calling them severally but I would not get them on phone, their number was busy,” he said.
Kahindi waited for the other buses that were behind him and when he stopped the first one they ignored him. When he stopped Simba Coach bus he inquired if they had also been attacked.
“They told me their vehicle had been attacked, the loader and two passengers had been shot dead with others injured. I boarded the bus to the next police station where I was assigned General Service Unit officers who escorted me to where I had left the bus,” said Kahindi.
They started changing the bus trye with his loader but the officers left shortly after he recorded a statement.
Asked on how many militia he saw, Kahindi said he saw three of them on the road who shot at his bus and two others were standing by the roadside.
He disclosed the number may have been more than 30 because there were others who were shooting from the forest.
Kahindi said they were of Somali origin and there was a woman who was taking videos as the others were shooting.