, NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 29 – A pedestrian was on Thursday morning hit by a speeding vehicle in Rongai as hundreds of area residents prepared for a walk-to-work demonstration in protest of reckless driving of public service vehicles plying the route.
The demonstration started from Rongai town to Lang’ata Road, the scene of Sunday’s accident near the police station where four people were killed, and several others injured.
“We cannot have this kind of reckless driving continue like this,” Patrick Waweru, one of the organiser’s of the demonstration told Capital FM News.
The pedestrian knocked down on Thursday morning was rushed to hospital after sustaining serious injuries. He is one the many victims of road accidents on the route where many more others have lost their lives.
The protesters waved placards, while others shouted “Enough is enough,” as they walked down Lang’ata Road, with armed anti riot police officers watching from a distance.
A similar protest by Multimedia University students turned violent on Monday when at least six people—including students, guards and a passer-by were shot and seriously injured by police.
“Road safety is everyone responsibility,” another protester said on Thursday morning, with another waving a placard of a message to public transport operators—it’s my fare that pays your Matatu loan. Keep me safe.
“We want sanity on our road. We have lost many lives to the menace,” Waweru, who is also the residents association Secretary General, said.
The National Transport and Safety Authority has already revoked the license of Ongata Line Sacco whose vehicle was involved in the Sunday accident. The Sacco operates about 200 vehicles on the route.
Police have said they are still looking for the driver who caused the accident and fled the scene.