NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12- President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Transport Ministry to put proper signs and markings on all areas that they have erected speed bumps in the country, a day after the Naivasha tragedy that claimed 40 lives.
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 oncoming vehicles, before a flammable substance it was ferrying exploded.
The President has urged Kenyans to be cautious while on road, more so during this festival season, that has always been characterized by 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.
The President has earlier asked Kenyans to observe a moment of silence, in honour of the departed souls.
The death toll stands at 40, while six others are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the country.
Among the dead, 10 were elite officers from the General Service Unit, who were providing security to the President during his 3 days tour in Rift Valley.
Relatives are currently identifying the bodies at Chiromo Mortuary.