The Star (Nairobi)

23 January 2013

Kenya: Insurer Pays Nyeri School for Stolen Bus

A school in Othaya was yesterday compensated for its stolen bus. Karima Boys High School received a Sh3 million cheque from the Pacis Insurance Company for the purchase of another bus.

"We are very glad that the insurance company has compensated us three months after the bus was stolen. We shall now purchase another school bus by the end of the term," said James Maina, the school's principal.

Maina said they will purchase another 51-seater bus to replace the stolen one. The bus, which was hijacked by thugs posing as mourners in Othaya, is yet to be recovered. Some members of the gang were arrested and charged in court where the matter is still pending.

"We want to thank the students for staying calm for the three months we were without a bus. If it were other schools, the students would have gone on strike," said the school's board of governors chair, Wachira Theuri.

Pacis Insurance business development director Martin Muthima said they hastened the compensation process to enable the school replace the bus. He said other insurance firms take six months to process such a claim.

The Othaya district education officer Jackson Kaberia said the school can now solve its transport crisis. Wachira said they have insured the school's buildings against fire. President Kibaki's eldest son Jimi is the patron of the school.

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