Owner, manager of bus in Kericho accident to remain in custody


Owner, manager of bus in Kericho accident to remain in custody
Bernard Ishindu, owner of Home Boys bus registered under Western express Sacco and Manager Cleophas Shimanyula alias Toto arraigned at Molo Law Courts. PHOTO by Robert wa Maina

In Summary

  • This is after police requested for more time to complete investigations into the accident that claimed the lives of over 50 people.
  • In an affidavit sworn by the investigating officer, Festus Ondieki, the police appealed to court for more time owing to the magnitude of the offence.
  • The driver of the bus is said to have lost control at Fort Ternan where it plunged into a valley and rolled severally.

The Magistrate Court in Molo has ordered that the two suspects held over the Kericho accident will remain in police custody for another seven days.

Bernard Ishindu, owner of Home Boys bus registered under Western express Sacco and Cleophas Shimanyula alias Toto will be remanded at Londiani Police Station.

In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Samwel Wahome further directed that the suspects be presented again in court on October 22, 2018 for proceedings.

This is after police requested for more time to complete investigations into the accident that claimed the lives of over 50 people.

In an affidavit sworn by the investigating officer, Festus Ondieki, the police appealed to court for more time owing to the magnitude of the offence.

The driver of the bus is said to have lost control at Fort Ternan where it plunged into a valley and rolled severally.

According to survivors, the bus was overloaded and the driver did not stop speeding the vehicle even after several heckles from the passengers.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has since directed Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett to extend the investigations into the crash to cover all government agencies responsible for road safety.

The DPP further directed IG Boinett to submit the file after completion of investigations to his office “for appropriate directions.”

Leaders from across the political divide have also called for speedy investigations into the crash saying that those found culpable directly or indirectly be prosecuted.

Report by Robert wa Maina

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