Boda-boda operators in Kabazi and Nakuru at large have been cautioned and urged to observe traffic rules. They’ve also been advised to avoid breaking them to ensure road accidents are minimized.
This was said by the area chief during the burial of 22-year old Stephen Mwatha Njoroge a young man who died in a motorcycle accident. The boda-boda he was riding on and a matatu was involved in an accident along the Mbaruk road. Mwatha was laid to rest in his father’s farm in Mahinga, Kabazi ward in Nakuru county.
“It is unfortunate that boda-boda riders are not keen on safety measures. Many of the riders do not wear helmets and reflectors while on road and this poses a danger to them and other road users,” said the administration officer.
Statistics survey by the National Transport and Safety Authority, 2,585 people had been killed by November 1, 2018, compared to 2,331 who died the same period in 2017. Apart from speeding, boda-boda riders are also prone to overloading.
The burial was attended by political leaders including the Nakuru County Assembly speaker Maina Kairu. Also in attendance was former Visoi MCA Gitau Kamau representing Senator Susan Kihika.
In his address, Gitau conveyed condolences from Senator Kihika and called on residents to continue standing with each other in times of need.
“Am happy to see hundreds of mourners who have come today to condole with the family. The deceased father, Wamuthoni, is a real man of the people and that is why so many have turned up to mourn with his family today,” said Gitau.