Owners of a Homeboyz bus that killed 55 passengers, out of the 64 that were on board, following a tragic road accident at Fort Ternan along Londiani-Muhoroni road in Kericho County have been arrested.
The HomeBoyz bus, which veered off the road, toppled and rolled several times claiming tens of lives. The owners, Bernard Isindu and Cleophas Shimanyula are currently in police custody following a successful arrest by the Kakamega police.
Cleophas Shimanyula is a major stakeholder in the Western Cross Express Sacco where the bus was registered and also the chairperson of Kenya Premier League (KPL) top flight side Homeboyz football club.
National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Director General Francis Meja had informed the media that the bus was not licensed to operate at night which was shortly followed by the arrest of the two owners.
NTSA is yet to tell Kenyans how and why the bus was ferrying passengers without the required paperwork. Whose responsibility is it to ensure vehicles ferrying Kenyans have the necessary documentation? NTSA has gone all out trying to lay blame on everyone else other than themselves if the bus lacked the required paperwork that was supposed to be ensured by the NTSA, then, the Transport and Safety Authority body actually killed all the 55 passengers in their laziness, lack of organization if not outright ignorance.
It is pure insolence to Kenyans for the transport body Director General, Francis Meja, who has been mandated with leading the body to ensure safety on our roads, to parade press releases alleging that the bus lacked insurance and licenses to operate at night. NTSA should tell Kenyans why and how 64 passengers were driven from Nairobi to Kericho by a bus that was not licensed to, after all that’s why they pocket salaries at the end of the month.3 months is too long for a bus to be ferrying passengers while their license is expired unless watchdogs like NTSA is no longer watching or are probably blinded by bribes.
Kericho and Kakamega’s County Governments cannot be excused either, lack of ambulances and prompt emergency services saw 55 people bleed to death.
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,55. 55 lives had to pay for our greed, ignorance and laziness.