Sons of killer bus driver add twist to 'cause' of crash - Daily Nation

Killer bus driver complained of faulty brakes, sons say

Friday October 12 2018

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The scene of a bus crash in Kericho on October 10, 2018. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ANITA CHEPKOECH
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By DERRICK LUVEGA
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The sons of the driver of the bus that crashed in Kericho County killing over 50 passengers say their father had informed them that the brakes were faulty.

Mr Johnson Chogo told the Nation his father complained he was being forced to use more energy in engaging the brakes and was considering quitting.

“On the fateful morning as he left home for work, he told me the bus' brakes were faulty. He was hesitant to continue with the job because the management was not keen on fixing the problem,” Mr Chogo said.

He added: “That was the last we talked until we heard about the accident.”

The Nation could not establish the authenticity of the family's claims because the two people who run the Homeboyz bus company - Bernard Ishiundu and Cleophas Shimanyula - are in police custody following their arrest on Wednesday evening.

EXPERIENCE

For as long as Kenya has been independent, Mr Lucas Asang’asa had quietly lived through it; seeing the country’s main highways transition from dirt tracks to the deadly thoroughfares we know today.

On Wednesday morning, he was behind the wheels when his Homeboyz bus, operated by Western Cross Express Sacco, plunged passengers in a ravine, killing 55 of them. By last evening, the toll had risen to 58.

Born in Vihiga County in 1946, his family says he has about 50 years of experience driving on Kenyan roads.

Was he fatigued? Sleepy? Sabotaging? Only authorities will know through investigations. Blamed for arrogance to passengers and careless driving, the man is not alive to face the outcome of his actions.

MATATU

He died in the horrendous crash together with scores of women, men and children, who had moments before their death, warned, pleaded and even threatened him hoping to make him a little more careful.

He and his conductor identified as Victor Mudvikisa Asava, 29, reportedly ignored it all. They both died through the chaos.

The man used to drive long-haul goods transportation lorries, often staying away from home, traversing districts from Mombasa to Busia and beyond.

Later, family members say, he changed to public passenger vehicles driving matatus before joining the