BY SIMIYU SIMIYU | TWITTER: @wakajuaness
Kenya’s controversial President Uhuru Kenyatta has sounded a tough warning to crooked drivers during this festive season that has already seen nearly 50 people lose their lives in various accidents.
Speaking today, Tuesday at Kasarani Stadium during the Jamuhuri Day celebrations, the head of state condoned with the families and friends who have lost their loved ones in tragic road accidents that have smeared fear across the country.
“I wish to take this opportunity to also send my condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in various road tragedies.” Mr Kenyatta said in his speech in front of a nearly empty stadium.
“As a result, careless drivers will not be spared. Drivers should remain keen on observing traffic rules to avoid losing lives of innocent Kenyans.”
This comes barely 15 hours after 15 people lost their lives when multiple matatus rammed into a lorry ferrying sugarcane at Kamukuywa bridge, Kitale-Bungoma highway. The incident happened yesterday at 9MP.
But even before President Uhuru could enter the stadium to inspect the guard of honour, another accident involving multiple vehicles at a now turning to be a traditional scene of accidents, Sachangwan in Nakuru, claiming dozens of lives on the spot.
Uhuru returned to Kasarani Stadium for the second time in two weeks after his contraversial swearing in ceremony was snubbed by opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Uhuru was sworn in after a repeat election that attracted a paltry 39 per cent of the 19.4 million registered voters after Mr Odinga asked his supporters to boycott the election citing partisan electoral body.
During his inauguration, his Jubilee Party ferried close to hundred thousand supporters from across the country in buses and lorries to fill the stadium.
However, that was not witnessed today as a lion’s share at the stands remained empty as a shy crowd pinned itself at the shoulders of the stadium.