Residents demonstrate against careless drivers

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Kimaeti residents in Bungoma County held a demonstration against reckless driving.

Their protest occured after a speeding truck hit a motorbike, killing the driver and his passenger (a middle aged woman) instantly.

“The lorry was moving at a very high speed. That is why we have lost the two,” said John Waswa, a bodaboda operator.

The angry residents also complained of lax traffic officers who have allegedly never taken responsibility to control the movement of trucks.

“They just collect money from road users and are never responsible for the lives of the users,” said a motorist who did not want to reveal his identity.

Business was almost brought to a standstill as police found a rough time controlling the enraged residents.

Deputy Governor Charles Kibanani Ngome was forced to intervene and cool down the crowd.

“We are going to follow up this matter so that those police who have been here for at least five years are transferred,” he said.

Prof Kibanani (Pictured above) also assured the two bereaved families that the county government will support them in this difficult moment.

“We are offering Ksh 50,000 to both families which will cater for burial expenses. Besides this, all the other costs will be on our side,” he said.

County Commissioner Dr Abdi Hassan warned the police in the area to serve with dignity and shun corruption.

This is the same place where the two cases of COVID-19 in the county were identified.

Residents have been cautioned to be watchful.

The bodies were taken to Bungoma Referral Hospital mortuary while the driver was taken to Kimaeti police station.

Bungoma police commander Dr Musyoki Mutungi called upon residents to remain calm as the security teams work to restore order.

Angry residents at Kimaeti market where the accident occurred. PHOTOS/Timothy Wekesa.

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