Clement Kiarie, the driver of the bus involved in the tragic accident at Twins Bridge, Mau Summit along the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway, has been charged with 18 counts, including causing death, reckless driving, and using the wrong insurance cover. The charges stem from the incident on January 9, where 15 people lost their lives in a collision with a 14-seater matatu.

Appearing before Molo Senior Resident Magistrates Daisy Mose, Kiarie, 34, denied all charges and was released on a Sh1 million bond with two sureties of a similar amount. The charges include driving dangerously, leading to the deaths of 15 individuals, using the wrong insurance policy cover, and reckless driving that resulted in a head-on collision.

The victims’ names and ages, ranging from 2 years old to 34 years old, were read out as separate charges. Despite the prosecution not opposing his release on bail and bond, they urged the court to consider the gravity of the accident. The prosecutor pointed out that the bus had a foreign registration number and belonged to a Ugandan company, making it challenging to trace the driver.

The court scheduled the matter for pre-trial mention on January 29 and ordered the prosecution to submit case documents to the suspect during this period. Additionally, the magistrate directed that the driver be taken for treatment due to visible injuries and pain.

Kiarie, who was arrested on Wednesday after initially going missing post-accident, is accused of reckless driving that resulted in a fatal collision with a matatu, claiming the lives of all its occupants. The accident occurred at 2:45 am at the Twin Bridge area, involving a bus from Classic Kings of Congo and a North Ways Shuttle Toyota matatu. The prompt response from police in Mau Summit assisted in transferring the injured to Molo Hospital, with 38 others escaping unhurt.

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