Top UN official dies in Nairobi crash

May 25, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – The Deputy Director of United Nations Millennium Campaign (Africa) Dr Abdul Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem was killed in a road accident in Nairobi on Monday.

According to police, he was alone in the car when the accident occurred on Mombasa road.

Police believe he was speeding to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when the accident occurred at 3 am.

“It was a self-involved accident. We have not established the exact cause of the accident but we suspect he may have been speeding at the time and lost control of the vehicle,” Embakasi Divisional Police chief David Bunei said.

“He died on the spot and his vehicle was badly damaged,” he added.

Dr Abdul-Raheem’s was a regular commentator on African affairs and wrote articles and essays regularly on African issues  through ‘Tajudeen’s Postcard’ which were published on both online and print.

He has previously served as the Director of the London-based human rights and peace organisation, Justice AFRICA, General Secretary of the Pan-African Movement, Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Development, based in Abuja and London and the Pan-African Development Education and Advocacy Programme (PADEAP) based in Uganda and Nigeria.

Road carnage mainly involving public service vehicles is common in Kenya, with at least 40 people killed every week, according to records at the Traffic Headquarters.

Police blame many of the accidents on speeding, drunken-driving and lack of adherence to traffic regulations.

Only a few cases are blamed on poor motor vehicle maintance.


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