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Police confiscate sixteen motorcycles in connection with bus fire incident

By James Omoro | Published Tue, December 12th 2017 at 00:00, Updated December 11th 2017 at 23:46 GMT +3
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Police have confiscated 16 motorbikes in connection with the burning of a bus in Homa Bay town on Sunday.

Homa Bay County Police Commander Marius Tum said the motorbikes were taken away to aid in investigations into the matter.

“We are keenly investigating this matter to ensure the suspects are arrested,” said Mr Tum on Monday.

Homa Bay Town East MCA Juma Awuor and the secretary general of Homa Bay Giant Traders Association Jack Nyambega said the attack could kill the spirit of investment in the town.

Hit vehicle

The riders torched the bus that belongs to Otange Bus Service after one of their colleagues died in an accident.

The bus driver had parked the vehicle near a petrol station to enable a passenger alight but the motorcyclist, identified as Felix Omondi, 26,  hit it from behind, prompting a group of riders to set the bus ablaze.

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Omondi died on Monday at Homa Bay county referral hospital, where he was being treated.

Awuor argued that the riders were wrong to burn the bus.

“It was the rider who hit the parked vehicle. The riders should not have burned the vehicle. It was their colleague who failed to control his motorbike,” said Awuor.

He said Otange Bus Services had operated in the area for the past 15 years and had enhanced business activities.

Business activities

“People who had boarded the bus are area residents and the bus has greatly contributed to economic growth in Homa Bay. This is wrong,” said Awuor.

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