February 17, 2020

Police arrest owner of bus that killed 56 people

Police have finally apprehended the owner of the bus that killed 56 passengers at Fort Ternan in Kericho on Wednesday (10/10/18) morning.

Kericho County Police Commander James Mogera confirmed on Wednesday night that Bernard Ishindu Shitiabayi was arrested in Kakamega alongside Cleophas Shimanyula alias Toto, who is a member and key player of Western Cross Express Sacco.

The two were detained at the Kakamega Central Police Station.

According to witnesses, 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 have admitted that the bus which crashed in Kericho killing 56 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 have set up an information and tracing centre at the Kericho County Referral hospital to help families looking for friends and relatives believed to have been on the bus.

Kenyans can call Kenya Red Cross on 0715 820 219 or 0735 680 356.

The hospital has also set up a counselling desk with professional counsellors to help relatives come to terms with the loss of their loved ones.

Families continue to flock the hospital to identify the remains of their loved ones.

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