NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 – Relatives of those killed in the Naivasha tragedy will have to wait for two weeks to bury their loved ones, as DNA test will be carried out on all the bodies to ensure they are properly identified.
Family members are currently at Chiromo Mortuary where they are first undergoing a counselling session, before the identification exercise.
National Disaster Operations Centre Director Retired Col Nathan Kigotho says 34 bodies are at Chiromo while six others have been taken to Kenyatta University Mortuary.
“Once they have been taken through the counselling process, we will go to the next stage of identification,” he said.
Of the 40 lives lost, 10 were elite officers from the General Service Unit, who were on their way back to Nairobi after providing security services to the President during his 3 days tour in Rift Valley.
The truck ferrying Premium Bond – a highly flammable substance – rammed into 13 vehicles before an explosion that resulted in a fireball, killing 39 people.
The President, while addressing the Kenyans at the Nyayo Stadium, said the country cannot continue losing lives unnecessarily due to poorly placed bumps.
“I ask the Transport Ministry to desist forthwith from erecting bumps without painting or even having proper signs…that must come to an end,” the President stated.
It has already been established that the Saturday night accident at Karai in Naivasha was caused by a bump that is not easily visible at night despite the existence of rumble strips a few metres away.
The accident occurred when the Ugandan registered light truck hit the bump losing control and hit an oncoming vehicle, before a flammable substance it was ferrying exploded.
The President has urged Kenyans to be cautious while on road, especially during this festival season, that has always been characterized with serious road accidents, leading to loss of lives and injuries.
“I urge Kenyans to be careful during this festival season. We don’t want to have good roads that will kill our people,” he appealed.