, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 22 – The National Transport and Safety Authority says the administration of the school from whose bus a six-year-old fell to his death in Mombasa on Friday will face charges.
In a statement, the Authority’s Director General Francis Meja said the management of St Augustine’s Preparatory School had actively sought to deceive those charged with inspecting the vehicle’s road worthiness by covering up the bus’ corroded floor plate with PVC carpet.
“The floor plate of the bus was corroded and covered with a PVC carpet hence covered the corroded areas. This points to the fact that the school knowingly concealed this defect in the vehicle,” the statement reads.
“The St. Augustine Preparatory School Administration,” it goes on to say, “shall be charged for knowing that parts of the vehicle were not maintained hence endangering the lives of persons traveling within it contrary to Section 55 (1) of the Traffic Act.”
The six-year-old boy fell through a gap in the floor of the bus before being crushed to death by the back wheels, on Friday morning.
According to police, he was attempting to reach for his bag and water bottle which had dropped.