The Star (Nairobi)

7 January 2013

Kenya: Travellers Stranded As Maasais Protest Road Accidents in Tekero

HUNDREDS of commuters including tourists visiting the Maasai Mara Game Reserve were on Saturday stranded for more than four hours after Maasai women blocked the busy Narok-Kisii road.

The more than 200 women were protesting against the rampant accidents in Tekero, about five kilometers from Ololulung'a trading centre in Narok South.

Vehicles from Nairobi stretched as far as Katakala while those from Western Kenya reached Ololulung'a trading centre. The locals refused to open up the road until the government met their demands.

A woman who did not give her name for the fear of her husband will be victimised told the Star that more than 20 people have died in accidents since the road was built.

The latest incident is on the New Year's day when a middle-aged woman was killed by a speeding car. On Saturday night a vehicle killed five cows. "The government should erect bumps and sign posts as the region is a black spot," said the woman.

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