CS Nkaissery to speak on Naivasha tanker tragedy

December 11, 2016 9:41 am
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Firefighters put out a fire on a burning car which was involved in an accident with an oil tanker near the town of Naivasha, Kenya, on December 11, 2016/AFP
Firefighters put out a fire on a burning car which was involved in an accident with an oil tanker near the town of Naivasha, Kenya, on December 11, 2016/AFP

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery was set to issue a statement Sunday at 11am, over the tragic accident at Karai in Naivasha, that have left more than 30 people dead.

The CS will be accompanied by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho together with his counterpart in the Transport Ministry Irungu Nyakera as well as the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.

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  • About 11 cars were engulfed in a fireball after the tanker rammed into vehicles and burst into flames on the busy Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

The Transport PS was among senior government officials who had earlier been expected to visit the scene.

About 11 cars were engulfed in a fireball after the tanker rammed into vehicles and burst into flames on the busy Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

The tanker with Ugandan registration number plates was ferrying Premium Bond, a highly flammable substance, according to a senior police officer involved in the search and rescue operation who spoke to us from the scene.

Deputy President William Ruto through his Twitter handle issued a condolence message to the victims of the accident while urging motorists to be careful on the roads.

“May the departed souls rest in peace. I urge motorists to be cautious and adhere to traffic rules to avoid deaths, pain and suffering,” the Deputy President said.

According to witnesses, the tanker may have lost control due to a bump on the road, that they claim it’s not easily visible at night.

“We want the bump removed from this spot,” they said.

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