Security agencies probe assault against Chinese engineer

Mvita DCC pulls China Road and Bridge Construction Chief Engineer Engineer Ronald Run violently

Security agencies are reviewing the footage of a Likoni video to establish whether the Deputy County Commissioner Charles Monari committed an offense – By Faith Mutete.

The Mvita DCC is seen violently pulling away the Chief Engineer Ronald Run away from the construction site’s gate. His crime? Enquiring why they were not informed of the Ministerial visit.

Further investigations in the video reveal that neither PS Wavinya Ndeti, nor her group was wearing protective jackets and reflectors. This is a known prerequisite to access a construction site, to ensure personal safety.

Engineer Ronald also said the site was not informed about the visit.

“We were not informed about the visit… at least to avail protective gear for CAS Ndeti”, Engineer Ronald said.

Mr. Monari who is heard instructing his officers to arrest the Chief engineer loses his temper and pulls him away from the gate.

The DCC is heard inciting the public and media against the CRBC officials, even as Mr. Run tried to explain himself to Mrs. Ndeti.

He may as well be interdicted if the security systems ascertain that he acted overboard.

The video is being reviewed by the Coast Security team in conjunction with other agencies. However, the CRBC engineer confirmed he will make an official complaint to the Police.

Because of the sensitivity of the project, the police will investigate the matter.

China Road and Bridge Construction Company said no information about the Wavinya tour was communicated.

The incident has thoroughly placed more scrutiny on the coordination of affairs in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport Roads and Housing.

The unannounced visit by Ms. Ndeti has embarrassed CS James Macharia, who has already lost Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Railways and Kenya Pipeline to Kenya Transport and and Logistics Network(KTLN).

The Likoni project is a Government to Government undertaking geared towards decongesting the Likoni channel. The bridge will be completed by December.

Due to the Ministry of Health issuing strict guidelines to fight the Corona pandemic, and because of security reasons, visits to construction sites are pre-arranged.

The crowding, as witnessed by CAS Ndeti’s delegation, could pose a security risk to the site, as well as backtrack efforts to contain the coronavirus.