President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolences to the families of nine pupils who died in a road crash on Saturday night.
The students from St Gabriel Academy in Mwingi were travelling from Mombasa where they had gone for a study tour when their bus was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry at Kanginga bridge about 3km from Mwingi town on the Thika-Garissa Road at around 11:00 pm.
After the collision, the bus lost control and plunged into the Kanginga river bed. The river is a tributary of Tyaa River.
In his message to the parents and guardians of the students, President Kenyatta said it was unfortunate that the lives of innocent pupils were lost.
“It is indeed sad and unfortunate that we lost those we look forward to secure the future of our great nation,” said Mr Kenyatta.
The nine pupils were among 50 passengers who included their teachers.
The President wished those who have been admitted in various hospitals quick recovery.
Of the injured, 32 students were admitted in Mwingi Level Four Hospital, six of them in critical condition while 26 are in stable condition.
By the time of the accident six students, who had travelled with the others for the study tour, had just been dropped home.
Following the accident, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu also condoled the families that lost children in the tragic crash.
“I want to call upon everyone to pray for the parents to be strong enough to bear with this tremendous loss. Let’s all pray for the souls of the little angels to rest in peace. Poleni sana,” Ms Ngilu said.