Residents of Kakamega County thronged Amalemba grounds in Shirere ward, Lurambi sub county in Kakamega to pay their last respects to victims of the tragic bus accident which occured at Fort Ternan in Kericho county claiming 58 lives.
Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya who announced that the county government of Kakamega has already moved 18 survivors, 6 from Kakamega, from the Kericho County Referral hospital to Kakamega County General & Referral hospital for easy access by family members as they recuperate. He added that Kakamega county also moved 34 bodies from Kericho mortuary to Kakamega County mortuary. “The county government of Kakamega will also give every affected family Shs. 50,000 to assist in the funeral arrangements in addition to the Shs. 50,000 pledged by the national government through President Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said. The Governor conveyed condolences from President Uhuru Kenyatta, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres and Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, among other leaders. The Governor thanked his Kericho counterpart Paul Chepkwony for waiving both hospital and mortuary bills for the survivors and victims respectively.
Leaders who spoke called on the officers tasked with enforcing traffic rules to put in place relevant safety measures to avert further road accidents in future with some urging travellers to desist from boarding already filled vehicles.
Contributions from leaders towards meeting the funeral expenses were as follows; Governor Wycliffe Oparanya Shs. 1 million, deputy governor Philip Museve Kutima 50,000/-, Musalia Mudavadi 100,000/-, Moses Wetangula 100,000/-, Deputy President William Ruto 500,000/-, Cleophas Malala & his friends 250,000/-, Boni Khalwale 200,000/-, Elsie Muhanda 100,000/-, Benard Shinali 50,000/-, Titus Khamala 20,000/- and Morris Buluma 10,000/- among others. All were present except the deputy president.