Driver and tout of bus ferrying students having public sex charged

The driver and conductor of the bus that was caught ferrying intoxicated children on Wednesday have faced charges at Baricho Law Courts.

The bus, which has been impounded at Kiagwaci Police Patrol Base, was intercepted by police officers who found 41 students intoxicated and engaging in public sex.

The driver, Daniel Mwaura, was charged with contravening the Road service License, carrying excess passengers and carrying uninsured passengers on public road.

Mwaura pleaded guilty and was released on a cash bail of Sh40, 000 or serve a jail term of six months on each account.

The tout, Justus Momanyi, was also charged with three accounts: failing to wear uniform, acting as a conductor without a conductor’s Public Service Vehicle (PSV) badge and allowing excess passengers in the bus

He too pleaded guilty and was released on a cash bail of Ksh 30,000.

Also appearing before Principal Magistrate Evans Keago was an 18 year-old girl, a Form Four student from Kanyama Secondary who was found with rolls of bhang in her private parts.

She pleaded guilty for being in possession of narcotics.

Christopher Mugambi, the principal of Kanyama Secondary school urged the local administration to ensure that students board the right matatus to their homes after they close schools.

Following the scandal, the school management board has ruled that parents must pick up their children when schools close.

Mugambi added that those found in the bus will face disciplinary action as soon they open school in September.

A victim of circumstances

One of the students who had boarded the bus said that she is a victim of circumstances.

The Form Four student expressed that she bordered the bus at Karatina Town together with her colleagues after paying Kh 500.

She maintained that she never had narcotics, adding that her only interest was traveling home.

Her mother, who was angered and shocked when she received the news, went to pick her daughter Thursday from the school. She said that her daughter was obedient and well-mannered.

However, she pleaded with the relevant authorities in the Ministry of Education to offer counseling to all students affected.

She also asked those investigating the matter to be fair to the students who have been caught.

The 41 students were picked up by their respective school heads and they spent the night in their schools before they were picked up by their parents Thursday morning.

The students are from: Kanyama Secondary, Mukurwe-ini Boys, Kaheti High, Kibirigwi Girls and Kanjuri Boys schools.

Meanwhile, the bus that was impounded Wednesday still lies at the Sagana Patrol Base.

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