NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has ordered a further probe into the bus accident at Fort Ternan, Kericho that left 58 people dead early last month.
Through a statement, Haji directed Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to carry out additional investigations relating to the insurance company and body builder of the ill-fated bus.
Haji wants Boinnet to ascertain whether the bus was insured despite the obvious defects and whether the insurance company is financially sound to meet its obligations.
“In view of the revealed facts and in order to have a holistic approach to the investigations and to ensure deterrence, I further direct that investigations be carried out on the insurance company to ascertain why they insured the motor vehicle despite the obvious defects,” he stated.
The 67-seater bus is said to have veered off the road while descending a steep slope before hitting a guard rail and rolling.
The bus owner together with a Sacco director have since been charged.
They however denied the charges and were each ordered to execute a Sh1 million surety bond with an alternative of Sh1 million cash bail.
They were charged with allowing the ill-fated bus to operate at night without a valid night-time Road Service License.
The duo has also been faulted for not keeping records of the crew manning the bus in compliance with safety regulations.
The Fort Ternan accident which occurred along the Londiani-Muhoroni road on October 10 stirred public anger after emerged the vehicle carried excess passengers and that it was nevertheless cleared by police officers manning road blocks.