Sabahi (Washington, DC)

6 January 2013

Kenya: Four Dead, Seven Injured in Minibus Crash in Rift Valley

A minibus hit a lorry carrying electricity poles on Kenya's Kapsabet-Eldoret highway in Rift Valley Province Saturday night (January 5th), killing at least four people and injuring seven, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

The driver of the minibus was speeding when he lost control and ran into the truck, said Nandi Central police commander Nelson Okioga.

Police are looking for the drivers, who fled the scene. "We are hunting for the drivers," Okioga said. "We also warn drivers against speeding and driving defective vehicles."

The accident comes after Kenyan Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo warned that police officers who fail to enforce traffic laws would be dismissed from the force. At least 54 Kenyans lost their lives in road accidents between December 31st and January 3rd.

At the weekend, Kapsabet police arrested drivers with defective vehicles ferrying passengers along the Eldoret, Kisumu, Nandi Hills and Kericho routes. Police impounded 100 defective vehicles and declared a bus and five lorries not roadworthy, according to area traffic boss Hamish Chavatsi.

A Kapsabet court also arraigned 48 drivers and charged them a cumulative 118,000 shillings ($1,400) for violating traffic laws.

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