Rongai residents, students stage anti-matatu demos

By Evelyne Wareh

Transport along the busy Magadi road has been paralysed following demonstrations by Rongai residents over increased road accidents caused by reckless driving.

Multimedia University students and bodaboda operators have joined the anti-matatu demos, blocked the major road with burning tyres and stones causing major traffic snarl up.

The situation has been aggravated by an early morning accident where a Nazarene university student was reportedly hit by a speeding matatu.  The residents have vowed to continue with the protests until sanity is restored in the PSV sector.

Flowers and candles have been placed at the scene of the accident where four people among them Ms Akoth, a first year, first semester student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Applied Communication died on Sunday along the busy Langata Road in Nairobi.

Student Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) Chairman Babu Owino has asked the government to compensate the family of the diseased multimedia university student

The pressure is prompting the National Transport and Safety Authority and stakeholders to warn rogue Matatu SACCOs over increased disregard of traffic regulations so as to intensify efforts aimed at restoring sanity back on the country’s roads.

In Mwingi, NTSA deputy director Cosmas Naeso put on notice Mwingi Travellers SACCO, after one of its vehicles was involved in an accident leaving three school children dead earlier this month.

Speaking after holding a stakeholders meeting at Mwingi Central Deputy County Commissioner’s office, Naeso urged law enforcers to monitor vehicles strictly, ensuring that only law compliant vehicles operate.




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