Nairobi — It is the end of the road for the UmoInner Sacco fleet of buses after the government cancelled its operating license following the Wednesday morning accident at the Mutindwa crossing that left 12 people dead and scores injured.
The accident occurred after the UmoInner bus attempted to cross the railway lines despite the fact that there was an oncoming train, before his vehicle got stuck and subsequently rammed by the locomotive.
Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau said that the driver had not been licensed to operate and that police will start inspecting public service vehicles at their termini. He added on Friday that all the traders operating next to the railway line would be immediately evicted to avert a repeat tragedy. Reports also indicate that the government wants the Mutindwa road closed but this is likely to raise a public storm.
The UmoInner Sacco is at the same time pleading with the government not to revoke its license claiming that it wanted to construct a barrier at the site but the Kenya Railways Cooperation (KRC) turned it down because the crossing had not been approved. Sacco Chairman Christopher Muia said that they had proposed the suggestion in May, this year.
KRC has also indicated that it is now willing to put up a barrier at the stop.