Police managed to arrest the owner of the ill-fated Home Boyz bus that killed 55 passengers at Fort Ternan, Kericho county.
Bernard Ishindu Shitiabayi, the owner of the bus was apprehended in Kakamega County on Wednesday evening.
The owner of the bus was arrested alongside one of the managers of Western Cross Express SACCO where the bus was registered under.
Kericho County Police Commander James Mogera confirmed the arrests identifying the SACCO official as Cleophas Shimanyula “Toto“.
According to the commander, the two were detained at the Kakamega Central Police Station.
The 52-seater bus was said to have been overloaded and speeding at the time of the accident.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet had earlier in the day indicated that the owner of the bus and the SACCO that managed it would face stern action.
A survivor of the incident told reporters that passengers had attempted to make the driver reduce the speed he was driving at but he ignored them.
“The driver did not care about bumps, he kept on speeding and after a while, the bus started swerving from side to side. This is when we realized that we were in danger,” he relayed.
The survivor further relayed that the bus left Nairobi, bound for Kakamega, at 11:30 p. m. but upon reaching Westlands area made a u-turn.
He narrated that the bus returned to the bus park where it was overloaded with more passengers and proceeded with the journey.
“We complained but nothing was done the bus got onto the road and the journey continued at around midnight.,” he narrated.