October 23, 2018

DPP order to IG Boinnet after death of 56 Kenyans in Kericho

The tragic accident that occurred yesterday at Fort Ternan in Kericho County has forced the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji to weigh in on the matter.

Mr Haji asked the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Thursday (11/10/18) to launch investigations into agencies that may have been involved.

In a letter seen by Etaarifa News, Haji asked the IG to widen the scope of the probe that would establish those who were to blame for the accident that killed 56 Kenyans.

The letter was referenced, “Investigation into the Fatal Accident at Fort Ternan Within Kericho County” and dated October 11.

“I hereby direct that you cause investigation into the matter to determine the persons who may have, through acts of commission or omission, contributed either directly or indirectly into the occurrence of the same.

“The investigation should be extended to cover all agencies of Government charged with the responsibility of ensuring safety on our roads as well as the owners of the subject motor vehicle.

“Once the investigation is complete, do forward the file to us immediately for appropriate directions,” Haji’s letter reads in part.

According to witnesses who spoke to the media, the bus was overloaded and speeding when the accident occurred on the Kisumu-Muhoroni Highway.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) charged with regulating public road transport admitted that the bus was operating illegally.

Francis Meja, the Director-General of NTSA, said the bus known as Home Boyz operated by the Western Cross Roads Express Sacco had no licence to operate at night.

“This vehicle had no licence to transport passengers at night and the owners will have to take responsibility.

“They will face the law and we will take them to court to answer to charges,” Mr Meja said.

The Kenya Red Cross and the Kericho County Government set up an information and tracing centre at the Kericho County Referral hospital to help families and friends to identify bodies and injured loved ones.

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