African officials meet to discuss road carnage



By Brenda Czeda

Representatives of African Governments are meeting at the United Nations offices in Nairobi to deliberate on how to deal with the bane of road carnage in the wake of increased road accidents across the continent.

The three day road safety for Anglophone Africa workshop seeks to come up with long lasting solutions to the problem with respective governments expected to align some of the resolutions to their road safety policy frameworks.

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Grim accident statistics have characterized the country’s roads with at least 3,000 fatalities recorded each year.

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The meeting has brought together players from the Ministry of Transport, the National Transport Safety Authority and several representatives of African Governments at the UN offices in Nairobi to discuss ways of reversing the trend.

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road safety, Jean Todt, said African countries must enforce tougher laws to help reduce the toll of 1.2 million people killed each year in traffic accidents.

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According to the UN, Africa has the highest rate of road accidents which have taken a toll on the region’s economic development.

Delegates at the forum called on road safety agencies to put together important data that will help in enacting legislation aimed at bringing back sanity on the roads.

Speaking at the forum, Transport Secretary Irungu Nyakera called on developed nations to support the African governments in their endeavor to improve on their road safety data systems.

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Meanwhile, the Law Society of Kenya has questioned the strategic approach to road safety by the National Transport and Safety Authority.

Society president Isaac Okero called for the prosecution of those who erected the deadly bumps at the site where 40 people were killed in a horrific accident along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway.




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