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Kisumu governor calls for investigations on increased accidents

By Antynet Ford

Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has called for investigations by the police over the recent accidents in Kisumu that have claimed seventeen lives in a few days.

In his statement, the governor said laxity by officers in the traffic department could be part of the accident causes.

He raised queries on whether the officers execute their mandate as stipulated by the law.

“This is the second tragic road accident in our County in three days. On Friday Morning, we lost newspaper journalist Dickens Wasonga in another road crash in Mamboleo along the Kisumu-Kakamega road. As we mourn those killed in the Othoo accident, I appeal to the Police to open investigations into the rising number of accidents on our roads in Nyanza. Between December last year and today, we have lost many people in accidents some of which could have been avoided.” His statement read in part.

“Othoo accident has raised many questions which the traffic police must help us answer. Were the vehicles involved in the crash roadworthy? Was the bus carrying passengers beyond its capacity? What became of the rule barring Lorries and trailers from using the highways at night? Was the bus licensed to operate on the route?” He questioned.

According to the governor, the police are required to enforce the set rules and take harsh actions against those who float them.

“To help minimize road accidents, the police must effectively enforce traffic rules and take harsh action against those flouting these rules. On behalf of the people of Kisumu and the County Government, I wish to send my heartfelt condolence to the families of those who perished in the Othoo accident and wish quick recovery to the injured.” He stated.

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