11 March 2014

Kenya: Step Up Campaign Against Road Carnage


The last two weeks have seen an upsurge in road crashes that have left several people dead. The worst incident happened in the notorious Salgaa stretch when a collision between a lorry and a matatu killed 12 people including members of one family.

The stretch between Salgaa, Sachangwan and the Molo Administration Police camp has claimed more lives over the years than several other black spots combined.

The Kenya National Highways Authority should as a matter of urgency plan to have that stretch expanded to a dual carriageway. Many of the fatalities are due to head on crashes. A vehicle trying to avoid a collision by swerving off the highway is likely to overturn because the road is higher than the surrounding areas.

Funds permitting, the entire Greater North Road corridor linking Mombasa to Malaba through Nakuru and Eldoret should ideally be expanded to a dual carriageway. The volume of trade along that route is enough justification to have money allocated to the road that links Kenya to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the DRC.

A dual carriageway will mean less deaths on the stretch which will result in a dividend of more people using the road, including tourists to visit attractions in the Western region.

This makes just as much sense as the standard gauge railway project, at a cheaper cost.

Quote of the day: "He told us he was going to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn White House." -- US clergyman and activist Ralph Abernathy was born on March 11, 1926. He was speaking about President Richard Nixon.


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