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Midiwo applauds Kibaki for signing new traffic laws

19 November 2012, 13:05 Dennis Omido

Gem Member of Parliament Jakayo Midiwo on Sunday applauded President Mwai Kibaki for ascending the new traffic rules.

Speaking during the World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims (WDR) in Nairobi, Midiwo said, “We almost lost president Kibaki ten years ago in a road accident due to careless driving and that is why I am thanking him for signing the rules because he is a victim of a road crash.”

He expressed his concern over insurance companies that take a long time to compensate accident victims and sometimes even fail to compensate them.

“Insurance in this country is a business that is money oriented; it does not offer services as required. Victims should not be going to court for compensation because all the money is spent there leaving them in financial problems,” Midiwo noted.

The Association of Kenya Insurers Chairman, Mark Obuya, said that they had spent KES 14billion in 2011 to compensate road crash victims only.

He urged the legislators to speed up and pass the insurance laws so that they will be able to compensate the victims without going to court.

Ministry of Transport Permanent Secretary Silas Njiru said that the ministry is fully committed to enhance road safety in the country.

He said, “A big amount of government revenue goes to nursing road accident victims, especially the boda boda operators. The solution to accident cases in the country lies within us.”

Traffic Commandant Benson Kibue confirmed that the number of people who have died on the spot due to road traffic crash this year alone is 2 744.

He assured the public of safety on the roads saying, “Road traffic law breakers will face the full force of the law and they will not escape freely.”

Victims of road traffic crashes and their families were there to tell of their ordeals.

Among them were survivors of Loreto Convent Msongari bus crash that left 3 students dead and 16 others with critical injuries in July last year.

The survivors expressed their concern over the high cost of the equipment they use after losing some body parts during a road crash.

 “I spent KES 70,000 to buy an artificial limb. I am exempted from paying tax and therefore save the money to buy a leg, I cannot save to buy a car or even something else. I am saddened because many victims cannot raise this amount,” lamented Esther Ingolo.

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