Govt urged to tame corruption to avert road accidents

A Nissan matatu that involved in a road accident at Ogera area along Oyugis-Kisumu. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: The government has been urged to tame corruption to avert high cases of accidents being witnessed in the country.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Monday, Matatu owners association chair Samuel Kimutai faulted the law enforcers for negligence which leads to increase of the number of accidents in the Kenyan roads.

“We the Matatu people are seeing laxity by the law enforcers and we know that some law enforcers are compromised .”Kimutai said.

He differed with the National Transport and Safety Authority for taking action against Matatu Saccos whenever fatal accidents occur, urging the regulatory authority to take action specifically against reckless drivers .

He urged the government to form training institutions mandated in offering rigoruos training by the National Youth Service, so as to do away with rogue drivers and conductors within the Matatu sector.

Kimutai gave his sentiments after 19 people perished last week in a road accident involving a passenger bus and trailer at Mbaruk area along Naivasha-Nakuru highway.