A Molo Court has ruled that the two owners of the bus that caused the death of 58 persons at Fort Ternan along Londiani-Muhoroni Highway remain in custody for seven more days to allow completion of investigations.
The Chief Magistrate, Samuel Wahome gave the ruling, saying that the application by the Investigating Officer, Festus Ondieki seeking for a week to conclude investigations was reasonable on grounds that the magnitude of the accident was massive given that 58 lives were lost.
Bernard Ishindu, the owner of Home boys bus registered under Western express Sacco and a Sacco member, Cleophas Shimanyula alias Toto will be detained at Londiani police station until 22nd October of this year for further orders from the court.
For the days given, Ondieki will have ample time to reach out to the bereaved families to help in identification of the bodies of their loved ones at Kericho county hospital morgue, have survivors fill the p3 forms, post mortem conducted and obtain details from various transport offices including NTSA to enable him prefer charges against the suspects.
In as much as the suspects have their right to liberty, Wahome in his ruling said that the same can be curtailed based on human dignity and thus it will not be right for the court to free the suspects when the country is mourning the death of 58 people.
The court noted that even though the suspects have not been charged with any offence, the police have indicated that they were investigating charges of causing death by dangerous driving and failure by the suspects to keep records of the bus crew.
Source: Kenya News Agency