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Mwakwere should either change his ways fast or quit

By | August 25th 2009 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

If nothing else, at least nobody can claim our it-is-not-my-job Transport Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere is inconsistent.

Last week he once again mounted his hobbyhorse — blaming everyone but himself for Kenya’s increasingly dreadful road safety record.

In his infinite wisdom, delivered brusquely with dramatic pauses, the minister pointed out incompetent and reckless drivers were responsible for most accidents.

Mr Mwakwere may be right, but that is an unhelpful piece of information as long as he offers no solutions.

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The minister has in the past said he should not be blamed for road accidents since he cannot micromanage drivers. But nobody, for example, expects Internal Security Minister George Saitoti to keep guard outside every house.

However, when there is runaway crime, we know what direction to point fingers.

And while drink-driving and speeding are major causes of accidents, Mwakwere suggested speed governors should be done away with. What arrant hot air!

Mwakwere has no business giving lectures if he cannot lead in efforts to make roads safer.

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