DPP orders further investigations into Kericho accident

Written By: Rose Welimo
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The ill fated bus (File Photo)

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, has directed police to carry out further investigations into the bus accident at Fort Ternan, Kericho County that left 58 people dead early last month.

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In a press statement, Haji has directed Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, to investigate the insurance status of the bus and whether the body builder met all the building specifications of the ill-fated bus.

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Haji also wants Boinnet to determine how the bus was insured despite the obvious flaws and whether the insurance company is financially sound to meet its obligations.

The 67-seater bus reportedly veered off the road while descending a steep slope before hitting a guard rail and rolling several times.

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A day after the fatal accident, the DPP directed investigations into the accident to determine the circumstances, persons culpable and the role played by all government agencies charged with the responsibility to ensure safety on our roads.

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The bus owner Bernard Isindu Shitiabayi together and a Sacco director have since been charged with allowing the ill-fated bus to operate at night without a valid night-time Road Service License, operating without a speed governor and failing to register the names of the driver and conductor with their respective Sacco in compliance with safety regulations.

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The Fort Ternan accident which occurred along the Londiani-Muhoroni road on October 10  killing 58 people and causing serious injuries to 16 others stirred public uproar after it emerged that the vehicle carried excess passengers and that it was  cleared by police officers manning various road blocks.

 

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