By MURIMI MWANGI and KATHURE MUKURU
KENYA: Two family members heading to a funeral died yesterday morning in a road accident on the busy Othaya-Nyeri highway.
The driver of the ill-fated minibus is said to have lost control of the vehicle which rammed onto guardrails. One person died on the spot while the other passed away while being treated at the Othaya District Hospital.
The accident left 37 people injured. They were admitted to Othaya District Hospital.
Nyeri South police boss Adiel Nyange asked drivers to obey traffic rules to avoid loss of lives.
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“There are lots of black spots on this route and I urge all drivers to drive slowly and carefully,” he said.
Joseph King’ori, a survivor, denied claims the driver was responsible for the accident saying the vehicle was moving at a slow speed. “We were heading for a burial and it is y sad that two of our family members have died on a day we were to bury another,” he said.
In Meru, Senate Majority Prof Kithure Kindiki has accused the police of sleeping on their job following Friday’s accident at the Chuka-Meru highway that left eight people dead and several others injured.
Speaking after visiting the scene, Prof Kindiki said the 14-seater matatu, which was allegedly carrying 22 passengers, had passed through several roadblocks before its tyre burst.