Findings suggest that the bus involved in a horrific accident in Subuiga along the Meru-Nanyuki Road on Saturday, October 8, was unlawfully operating.
The bus apparently lacked a current inspection certificate, making it unroadworthy, according to the investigators looking into the deadly accident that claimed the lives of 12 individuals.
Sadly, the certificate that was found at the scene of the accident had an expiration date of July 15, 2021.
It has been claimed that the Party on Wheels bus, which operated as a PSV, did not have a valid road service license, which would have included information like the vehicle’s registration number, the routes it served, who to contact at the Sacco, the name of the Sacco, and when the license would have expired.
According to Laura Khatiebi, the Deputy Sub-county Commander of Buuri West, the bus driver lost control and caused the crash.
“He rear-ended another car and smashed it into a fence.” Khatiebi said.
The police investigating the crash have subsequently requested a statement from the bus owner, who must now explain why the vehicle was in operation without the proper paperwork.
Photos of the bus’s refurbishment into a mobile dance floor have been widely circulated online.
Reports indicate that a minibar was installed on the bus so that passengers may enjoy alcoholic beverages during the trip. It also had a DJ booth, LED lighting, displays, and speakers.
The addition of other amenities made it possible for individuals to rent the bus for vacations and adventure travel.
21 casualties are still being treated at St. Theresa Kiirua Hospital, seven more were transported to Lifecare Hospital for additional examination, and three other patients were allowed to recover at home at their own request. Two of them had previously been released.
The bodies of the deceased were sent to the Meru Level IV Hospital morgue.