Vehicle That Killed 50 Back on Kenyan Roads [PHOTOS]

  • Homeboyz bus that was involved in an accident at Fort Tenan on October 11, 2018
    Homeboyz bus that was involved in an accident at Fort Tenan on October 11, 2018
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  • Kenyans have raised concern that a vehicle that was involved in a deadly accident on October 10, 2018, at Fort Tenan in Kericho may have found its way back on the roads. 

    When Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya launched a county program on Monday, July 13, one vehicle grabbed the attention of Kenyans. 

    One of the lorries carrying the banner reading “Kakamega County-wide Water Connectivity Program had the same registration as the killer bus- KBX 092J. 

    Governor Wycliffe Oparanya launching the Kakamega County-wide Water Connectivity Program on July 13, 2020
    Governor Wycliffe Oparanya launching the Kakamega County-wide Water Connectivity Program on July 13, 2020
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    Questions were raised as to whether the wreckage of the vehicle was transformed into a truck and put back on the road. 

    Former Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe had warned about the illegal transformation of truck and bus chassis in Kenya. 

    Igathe, who was speaking at a past  Commercial Road Transport Conference at the Sarova Whitesands Hotel, Mombasa argued that chassis should not be shared. 

    “Standards all over the world do not allow buses to use truck chassis, but in Kenya, many buses are fitted with these chassis. We are carrying Kenyans in coffins,” he cautioned. 

    The Daily Nation had reported that the owner of the deadly Homeboyz Bus was a close friend of Governor Oparanya and other powerful leaders. 

    He has revolutionised the transport business in Western, owning the bus company, car hire services and a cleaning firm, that is said to have been contracted by the county government to collect garbage in Kakamega town.

    The businessman is said to own a yard next to Bukhungu Stadium where his lorries and construction machines are kept.

    According to a past report by the publisher, former presidential candidate Cyrus Jirongo hired his fleet of Prados for his campaign and also sought his influence to gather supporters.

    When ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi ran for the presidency in 2013, he is also said to have leased vehicles from the transport tycoon.

    In January 2019, Kenyans raised concerns after it emerged that a certain matatu had crashed every year from 2017 to 2019.

    The initial crash that happened along Lang’ata Road in 2017 killed four people and injured six others.

    The matatu, then known as Schizophreniac (Schizzo) was rebranded to Ferrero Rocher and plied a different route.

    It did not take long before it was involved in another overturning incident in May 2018, this time along Namanga road, Kitengela.

    The last recorded accident involving the vehicle incident happened along the Machakos - Kitui Road near Masii Town in 2019.

    A collage of a matatu that has been involved in three accident
    A collage photo of a Rongai matatu that has been involved in three different accidents in 2017, 2018 and 2019