By Patrick Mutisya
A Kitui-bound bus that had 45 passengers on board was on Saturday morning swept into River Waani in Mbooni East, Makueni County, after the vehicle’s driver underestimated the depth of water that was flowing over a bridge across the flooded watercourse.
The passengers were, however, safely evacuated, with no injuries reported.
K24 Digital was told that the travellers were headed to Kitui from Kisau in Makueni County for the BBI meeting.
Kisau is 107 kilometers from Kitui Stadium, the BBI rally venue, and Google’s time-to-distance calculator estimates that one would take one hour and 57 minutes on the road to cover the journey.
After being rescued, the passengers were transferred to another vehicle, which transported them to the BBI meeting venue.
Mbooni East OCPD Agnes Omojong said the incident happened at 9:30am on the Tawa-Itangini road.
An MCA from Makueni, Denis Masavu, told K24 Digital that the bus had been hired to transport residents to the BBI event.