Family mourns death of seven relatives killed in Salgaa blackspot
19 July 2016, 15:30
Nyeri - A family at Iruri village Mathira, Nyeri County, is mourning death of seven relatives who were killed in a road accident last weekend at Salgaa area along Nakuru-Eldoret road.
A brother of the deceased, Geoffrey Gachanja, said the family had just buried their cousin at Karundas village in Kieni.
He said the seven including his brother, nephew and his sister-in-law together with their daughter, two grandsons and one granddaughter died while on their way from the burial to Kitale.
The family, which is still struggling to come to terms with the incident, appealed to the government and well-wishers to assist them in preparation of mass burial.
Mathira MP Peter Weru on his part called on the government to redesign the road to avert more loss of lives.
Weru, who took time to mourn with the bereaved family, said that changing design of the road at the spot by making it safe for driving is the only option left to avoid this loss of Kenyans.
The MP urged Kenya National Highway Authority and National Transport and Safety Authority to work on redesign proposal as an urgent measure to protect unnecessary loss of lives.
A Nairobi businessman and neighbor to the bereaved family, Rigathi Gachagua, said that it was unfortunate that the accident claimed multiple lives from same family.
He said that more focus should be on changing the attitude of traffic police officers towards road safety, saying that road rules are always trampled on by motorists in full glare of the officers.
“Traffic officers pay more attention to receiving bribes ignoring all perilous traffic factors that can lead to death of many people. This is the attitude that they should change,” he said.
Rigathi urged Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, to set up a permanent traffic patrol base at Salgaa that will monitor traffic.
The MP and the Nyeri County government promised to support the family financially and other ways they may require help to facilitate the burial ceremony that will take place on Friday.
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