, NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 8 – One of the Kenyatta University students who was killed in an accident that claimed five of her colleagues was laid to rest in an emotional send-off.
19-year-old Mary Wanjiru Maina was laid to rest at her parent’s farm in Nyandarua following the tragic crash on July 1.
A sober mood engulfed Boimann village in Nyandarua West during the funeral service.
The KU second year student was pursuing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Literature at the time of her sudden demise.
While addressing the mourners, Chairman of the Road Safety Association Edward Kieru Gitonga consoled the bereaved families and regretted the rising cases of accidents in the Kenyan roads.
He observed that in the recent past, reports have indicated a drastic increase in road carnage especially those involving private vehicles, lorries and motorcyclists saying there was a dire need to address the trend.
Gitonga observed that most drivers who caused accidents were either not familiar with the roads they are using, ignorant or in-experienced.
“I challenge the government to ensure that such drivers are retrained before being licensed to use the Kenyan roads,” he said.
He also challenged drivers to exercise caution on the roads and avoid speeding.
He at the same time called on the government to mount speed cameras on the Kenyan highways at a distance of every 50 kilometers to monitor speeding drivers.