, NJABINI, Kenya, Dec 10 – President Mwai Kibaki has urged motorists to drive safely and observe speed limits set by the law to guard against accidents on the country’s roads.
President Kibaki, at the same time, urged motorists to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol which impairs the judgment of drivers.
The Head of State observed that many Kenyans had lost their lives through accidents which could be avoided if motorists respected traffic rules and the right of other road users.
“Many innocent lives have been lost in preventable accidents while many others are hospitalized with serious injuries,” remarked the Head of State.
The President made the remarks while addressing roadside rallies at Njabini and Engineer townshops enroute to Miharati to commission the newly upgraded Dunduri – Ol Kolou – Njabini road.
The Head of State particularly cautioned youthful drivers against speeding in the newly tarmacked roads and urged them to respect other road users.
“Drive carefully while on the road. We must stop the loss of more innocent lives on the improved roads because a few drunken drivers have ignored all the traffic rules”, said the President.
He challenged motorists to safeguard their own lives and those of other road users so as to avoid inflicting themselves and others severe and at times permanent injuries upon their lives.
President Kibaki reiterated that the government appreciated the role of development partners in improving the country’s road infrastructure to open up agriculturally potential areas to enable farmers to access the markets and boost their incomes.
He assured Kenyans that the government was keen on rehabilitating and building a reliable road network in the country extending even to rural areas and urged wananchi from all corners of the republic to be patient with the government.
President Kibaki called upon Kenyans double their efforts in engaging in viable economic activities through which the government will be able to collect taxes in order to fund more projects in the country and to meet loans repayment obligations.
The Head of State hailed the steadfast support the government received from development partners and expressed appreciation for the loans extended for the development of the road network in the country.
President Kibaki, at the same time, urged land owners adjacent to roads to support the government efforts to maintain the road network through good drainage systems.
On the country’s Constitution promulgated in August this year, the President asked all Kenyans to support the government and other stakeholders in its implementation.
He reaffirmed that the new law would unite all Kenyans and create a stable, just and prosperous nation which everyone would be proud of.
Others who addressed the rallies included Transport Minister Amos Kimunya and his Roads counterpart Franklin Bett and Kinangop MP David Ngugi.
During the extensive tour President Kibaki was accompanied by legislators John Mututho, David Njuguna, Erastus Mureithi, Jeremiah Kioni, senior government officials, representatives of development partners and former legislators from the expansive Nyandarua County.