Rot in traffic department is costing Kenyans lives on the roads, security agency worries

  • In the past week, several gruesome road accidents have resulted in the devastating loss of life and property
  • The separate incidents reported in various counties have seen many people die and others with horrific injuries.
  • spoke to a road safety campaigner who has called for a complete overhaul of the transport sector which he says is on its knees

There has been an increase in road accidents in recent weeks, especially in the past week, in which many Kenyans have lost their lives.

Concerns are mounting as road accidents increase on Kenyan roads. Photo: UGC.
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On the evening of Saturday October 8, more than 10 people died after a “party bus” was heading towards samburu struck a 14-seat matatu in Meru and resulted in devastating human and material losses.

A survivor who was on the party bus said they were on their way to the campsite in Samburu before their journey was cut short by gruesome road carnage.

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Details of how the accident happened indicated a possible lack of caution, as travelers were partying and drinking in the vehicle shortly before the crash.

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The now ill-fated bus reportedly overtook another vehicle as it descended a steep section of road, the Subuiga black spot, when it collided head-on with a Menany Sacco matatu.

Just two days later, another accident, on the evening of Monday October 3, in Kenol Murang’a also left a woman dead while her child and house daughter narrowly escaped death.

A day later, an accident was also reported near Chebilat Shopping Center, Bomet involving an Ena Coach bus and a personal car. A death was also reported.

This rise in road killings has alarmed many Kenyans who are worried about their safety on the road.

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Overhaul of the transport sector

Talk to director and founder of Sikika Road Safety, an organization that champions safety on Kenyan roads, agreed that accidents have increased appallingly in recent weeks.

Daniel Kiilu said a reluctance to enforce traffic rules has led to this growing threat which he says has yet to peak as the festive season fast approaches.

“It comes down to one factor: the authorities of the transport sector. The traffic department needs a real overhaul because it is rotten to the core,” he told this writer.

Director of Sikika said traffic police focusing on bribes instead of enforcing traffic rules, more and more road users violate traffic rules leading to calamity current.

“I would advise the new Transport CS Murkomen to make changes in the industry. The transport sector needs a complete overhaul,” he said.

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The director also advised Kenyans using public service vehicles to speak up whenever they see driver carelessness and excessive speed.

“They should speak up or hand it over to the police if their life is in danger. We also advise drivers to work on their speed and protect the lives of Kenyans,” he added.

Sikika Road Safety advises Kenyan drivers

In another article, also reported that Sikika Road Safety warned Kenyan drivers, especially men, to be careful on the road and avoid distracted driving.

The road safety agency specifically warned male motorists against touching their girlfriends or placing them in compromising positions while driving.

He said having, for example, a lover’s legs on the driver’s lap while driving will make him think about intimacy and lose his focus on the road.

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