CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

Kenya: Relief As Insurance Bill Is Amended

Nairobi — THE Insurance Bill has been amended amid calls by stakeholders in the transport sector urging the government to put in place measures that would curb traffic accidents especially during this festive season.

The amended Bill was passed in the House on Monday and now awaits Presidential assent to become law.

The Bill proposes that every Kenyan involved in an accident be paid KES.3 million (US$ 34, 483) by insurance companies.

The compensation will not consider one's medical bills or the extent injuries sustained in an accident.

Reports indicate that more than 3 000 Kenyans perish on road accidents annually pushing the Kenya at the top of the list of countries with most dangerous roads in the continent and world over.

The government has also made plans for re evaluating all the licenses issued to drivers.

This move is targeted at revoking some licenses to individuals who would be found not to meet the standards of driving.

Traffic boss, Samuel Kimaru, in an earlier press briefing maintained that corruption was not the cause of accidents on Kenyan roads and pointed out human error was the leading cause.

“I want to tell you that corruption is not the cause of accidents that we witness on our roads as many people think but rather misjudgment,” said Kimaru.

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