, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – Police say they are working hard to ease the traffic jam along Mombasa Road at Athi River after a number of motorists spent the night stranded on the highway.
According to the National Police Service, officers have been deployed to ensure free flow of traffic.
“Our officers on the ground are working to see to it that free flow resumes,” a tweet from the National Police Service stated.
The pile-up was caused by trucks that were overlapping on both lanes, blocking the road from Maanzoni towards Nairobi.
According to the Kenya Long Distance Allied Workers Union, the pile up was as a result of a strike by truck drivers who were protesting against insecurity along Mombasa Road.
“The Union is hereby giving a seven days notice to the government. The Union has written to the Ambassador of Southern Sudan seeking an appointment to arrange a meeting but no response has been received,” a statement from the union’s National General Secretary Nicholas Mbugua stated.
Mbugua pointed out that another driver was seriously beaten and burned last month by his employer and no action has been taken.
“The Union demands the following: The security of the truck drivers going to Southern Sudan is guaranteed, the Kenyan Ambassador to Southern Sudan be recalled or be replaced, those who beat and burnt a driver to be charged in court,” he said.
“If the above issues are not addressed before the end of the strike notice, all the truck drivers will park their trucks and no truck will be on the road starting from 25th April 2016 until their demands are met and security guaranteed,” he stated.