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60 people injured in a road accident while going to a political rally

By Martin Njiru | Published Sat, May 13th 2017 at 16:49, Updated May 13th 2017 at 17:06 GMT +3


Sixty people were on Saturday afternoon injured in a road accident at Nomotio area along Baragoi-Maralal road in Samburu central sub county.

The victims were travelling in a lorry from Nomotio to Ng'ari area, about ten kilometers away for a political rally when the accident occurred.

Joseph Longu'on, a victim said the driver lost control when he approached a corner after driving for two kilometers from a place where they had boarded the vehicle.

"The driver was speeding and when we approached a sharp corner, the vehicle veered off the road and fell in a ditch," he said.

The injured passengers were rushed to Samburu County Referral hospital with serious injuries where they have been admitted in two wards and receiving treatment.

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Jackson Lesila, a resident of Nomotio said the morning journey caught residents by surprise in their homes.

"People were busy in their farms, they had to abandon what they were doing after a lorry approached abruptly asking them to attend a political rally," he said.

Lesila said most victims of the accident victims are poor and don't have NHIF cards urging his village mates to shun following politicians for handouts.

"Let politicians look for you at your homes because you are the ones who have votes," he urged.

Our efforts to reach police for a comment were in futile as Maralal OCPD Abagarro Guyo had travelled to Nairobi on official duties and County Police Commander Alfred Agengo was not responding to our phone calls.

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