A day after the fatal bus accident that left 56 people dead and 16 others injured, Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet has now put on notice police officers who were on duty at the time of the accident, Wednesday morning.
While addressing the Press today, Boinnet said, “I am currently engaged in finding out who was on duty on the material date. I want to take to task any officer who allowed that bus to continue with the journey with all those mistakes. We do not compromise on anybody who makes mistakes of that type. We exert very serious punishment.”
The Inspector General of Police admitted that the accident was caused by negligence. This is after the Speed Governors and Safety Association confirmed that the bus was overloaded, speeding and not licensed to travel at night.
Boinnet echoed that the police officers and commanders who allowed the bus driver to proceed with the journey despite the irregularities would face disciplinary action.
“If I find anybody was in the wrong, that particular commander will have to face our disciplinary code and law of the land,” he said.
The blame game continues as the Secretary General of the Speed Governors and Safety Association, Wambugu Nyamu, faulted the traffic police on the route for not inspecting the bus for vital requirements saying, “It is the mandate of the motor vehicle inspection department to conduct random crackdowns and for police to conduct inspections along the road. Where were they?”
The owner of the bus has also since been arrested and is expected to be charged in court.
The Kericho County Government has pledged to cover the medical bills for the 16 survivors. According to Governor Paul Chepkwony, the county government has set up an information desk at the Kericho County Referral Hospital to help families identify bodies of their loved ones.
“We have set up a counselling desk of dedicated professional counsellors to help the affected families come to terms with the loss of their loved ones,” said the governor.”