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Monday, December 6, 2021 – A survivor has narrated how 11 family members perished in the Mwingi bus tragedy that claimed at least 33 lives.

According to Rodgers Muli, his relatives had boarded the bus to attend their parents’ wedding.

He stated that his parents, Mutua Mbuvi and Syombua Mbuvi, were expected to celebrate their wedding but now are in mourning.

The survivor was among the people who were in the overloaded St Joseph Seminary Mwingi bus that plunged into River Enziu on Saturday.

“The majority of the people who perished are from my family. 

“My aunts, uncles. We were waiting for the body of a child to be retrieved and he has been recovered,” an emotional Muli spoke to the media.

Muli noted that their parents were still reeling in shock due to the tragedy and ultimately suspended the wedding.

The family members have now called on the government to act swiftly and build a bridge across the Enziu River. 

According to the survivors, the driver of the bus was reluctant about driving across the river. 

He allegedly took two hours before making the final decision to plough through the water.

Simon Kea, one of the survivors, narrated that the driver got confident after two matatus and some contractors crossed the flooded river.

Some of the travelers who were stranded by the river banks also hopped onto the bus with the hope of getting to the other side.

“We were about 40 passengers when leaving Mwingi in the morning. Around 10 seats were empty. As we were crossing the river, the 51-seater bus was full with more than 15 people standing,” stated Kea.


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