Traffic police not be blame for Kericho crash ,says IG Boinnet

Traffic police not be blame for Kericho crash ,says IG Boinnet

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,11TH OCT 2018-Traffic police department has been exonerated from any wrong doing in  an accident that occurred on Londian-Muhoroni Road Wednesday where 56 people lost their lives.  Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet Thursday said the responsibility to enforce traffic rules along the Londiani-Muhoroni  fell on the Kericho County Commander.

Boinnet made the comment while dismissing claims that an ambiguous
command structure in light of realignments in the police service could
have impeded enforcement of traffic rules even as it emerged that the
ill-fated bus was not licensed to operate at night.

In a joint media statement Thursday afternoon, the National Police
Service and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) said the
bus whose fatal crash left 56 passengers dead and another injured only
had a valid day Road Service License (RSL).

“Enforcement of traffic laws is the responsibility of the Regional
Commander, the County Commander, Sub-County Commanders and respective
Officers Commanding Police Divisions,” he said vowing to take action
against officers who may have neglected duty.

“Initially we had one hierarchical structure called the Traffic
Department with a Commandant and officers across the country but I
reviewed that so that respective County Commanders have an express
mandate to enforce traffic laws within their jurisdictions,” the police
boss told reporters at the NTSA headquarters in Nairobi.

He said investigations were underway to establish traffic officers on
duty who cleared the ill-fated vehicle past roadblocks along the road.

This comes  after the owner of the bus  Bernard Ishindu Shitiabayi, the was arrested alongside Cleophas Shimanyula.

Shimanyula is the boss of Westerd Express Company Limited, the Sacco
under which Shitiabayi’s bus licensed to operate the
Nairobi-Nakuru-Kericho-Kakamega route was registered.

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