Police Hunt For Suspected Railway Vandals In Nakuru

Detectives based at DCI railways have launched a manhunt for suspects who deconstructed a railway line and loaded over 60 rails into a waiting lorry, in Rongai, Nakuru county.

According to a statement from the DCI, the suspects had loaded 65 rails and 120 slippers into a waiting lorry in Burgei village, when police officers from Rongai police station accosted them a few minutes to midnight last night.

“But on sighting the officers, the loaders and the lorry driver immediately took off leaving the lorry registration number KCH 646T loaded with the vandalized materials,” the DCI said.

The Rails and Slippers had been vandalized from the line that runs from Rongai to Kampi ya Moto and Solai.

“Vandalism of critical national infrastructure by unscrupulous traders led to the scrapping of scrap metal dealing last year after vandalism of railways and road materials became rampant,” the DCI noted.

In one instance last year, vandalism of gauge blocks along the standard gauge railway line led to the stoppage of operations for two hours, as railway engineers and security officers inspected the extent of the damage caused to the critical national transport infrastructure.

The DCI further pointed out that vandalism of critical national infrastructure is a serious offence and the suspects once arrested could face Economic Sabotage and Terrorism related charges.