Over the weekend, there was a grisly road accident along the Meru-Nanyuki highway that led to the death of at least 12 people after a bus collided with a 14-seater matatu. Others were seriously injured with some still in critical condition.
Details have emerged on the design of the bus. The bus was not your ordinary 51-seater bus but a customized “party bus” dubbed “Party on Wheels”. Nation have reported that the bus was a whole entertainment joint on wheel. It was fitted with a fully stocked mini-bar, a DJ’s deck for live performances, monitors and a sound system, and lounge seats just like the conventional brick-and-mortar entertainment joints.
It is popular with party lovers who hire it to have that party experience en route to destinations within East Africa mainly in Kenya and Tanzania.
The Nation further reported that the bus had ample space for dancing in the middle and strong metal bars where standing passengers could hang. The bus was fitted with comfortable and luxurious seats different from those fitted in buses and other public service vehicles. Reports indicate that it also had an onboard bathroom and a sink.
After the accident, it was reported that the bus had a club with seats and tables, and a section with beer. Further, the passengers in the bus appeared to have been partying or heading to a party. This was the account of one eyewitness who has been identified as Jacob Mwiti. At the accident scene, police and other rescuers stated that they collected a lot of beer cans and bottles from the bus.
NTSA have said that the bus was not a licensed party bus and that its inspection sticker expired on 15th July 2021 a statement corroborated by the NTSA app.