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LIST OF KENYA’S WORST ROAD ACCIDENTS

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Many Kenyans going around the country doing their normal business using roads have been intercepted by the merchant of death; something which has seen many in morgues, serious injuries, confinement to ICU for a long time, loss of body parts which means using wheelchairs for the rest of their life. Corruption, bad attitude, and even our driving culture have been heavily blamed for fuelling the soaring road accident cases in Kenya.

Many of this accidents usually happen at night due to poor visibility, sleepy drivers, overspeeding vehicles or generally unroadworthy vehicles.

Here is a list of Kenya’s worst road accidents.

1. April 1963, Tiva River Accident

On April 7 1963, probably the worst road accident in Kenya’s history happened. A bus carrying people who were returning from a church meeting plunged into Tiva River, Mitaboni in Machakos killing 72 people including pedestrians

2. November 1989,  Thwake River Accident

On November 14, 1989, a bus plunged into Thwake River in Machakos and killed 55 people almost instantly.

3. January 6th 1991 Muranga Accident 

A bus slammed into a tree on the outskirts of Murang’a town after the driver lost control and killed 47 people; 39 on the spot and 9 more while undergoing treatment and further left 40 others with injuries.

4. July 1992 Mikuyuni River Accident

On July 12, 1992, 96 people died in a fatal road accident at Mikuyuni River, Machakos. This is one of the highest records of deaths caused by an accident in a single day in Kenya during the 20th century.

5. January 1993 Railway Accident

This accident happened on January 30, 1993, at Ngai Ndethya 65 died in a railway accident at Ngai Ndethya. Before this, Kenya’s worst railway accident was in 1976 where a train plunged into flood water near Mtito Andei and instantly killed 29 people.

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6. October 1993 Nakuru-Eldoret Multi-vehicle Accident

It happened on October 3, 1993, a grisly multi-vehicle accident took place on the Nakuru-Eldoret road and killed 35 people and injured 42 others. The accident involved  a bus, truck & cars

7. 1998 Nithi Bridge Accident

Nithi bridge has been a known black spot for a long time now. On this fateful day on the New Years Eve of 1998, Stage Coach Bus plunged into Nithi River and Killed 56 people on the spot.

8. 2000 Shaggy & Akamba Accident 

This was the first major road accident of the 21st century in Kenya. On March 3, 2000, 75 people were killed after Shaggy bus and Akamba Bus collided on each other head-on at Kapkutungor, 15 kilometres from Kericho town and one of them exploded.

 

9. 2000 Nithi Bridge Accident

On August 24, 2000, 40 people died after a Tawfiq bus plunged into the Nithi River in Meru. The bus was reportedly overloaded by more than 18 passengers since it has 80 people on board during the time of the incident.

10. 2007 Daraja Moja Accident

Draja Moja is the most notorious blackspot in Kisii Town taking into consideration that more than 158 lives have been lost on the same spot in 17 years. This 3 kilometres stretch has been the source of grief for many people, locals and many other travelling Kenyans alike who have lost their loved ones at this notorious blackspot. One of the worst accidents to ever happen on that stretch happened on August 31, 2007. A trailer rammed into three matatus which were carrying mourners from a funeral. 29 people died instantly while another died while undergoing treatment and many others were left badly injured with extreme cases needing amputation and subjection to wheelchairs.

11. 2009 Sachang’wan Accident

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This is arguably the worst accident we have ever witnessed as Kenyans. A normal Saturday it was for the villagers until a 50,000-litre petrol tanker headed to Juba rolled and spills its contents. Villagers then ran to siphon the precious commodity and what followed was catastrophic. More than 91 people were burnt beyond recognition while 22 others succumbed to burns while undergoing treatment.

12. 2013 Mwingi Accident

A bus headed to Mandera from Nairobi lost control at a bend near Mwingi Town, overturned along the Mwingi – Garissa highway and killed 35 people including pedestrians on February 27, 2013. More than 50 people were injured too. 

13. 2013 Ntulele Accident

An early morning on 29th August 2013, a bus headed to Homabay crashed as the driver tried to negotiate a sharp corner while speeding along the Nairobi-Narok highway at Ntulele. 41 people died in that early morning incident while 33 others were taken to hospitals in Kijabe and Narok.

14. 2016 Karai/Naivasha Accident

On the night of 10th December 2016, a tanker carrying flammable material caught fire and the fire quickly spread to other 10 vehicles which were in the vicinity and killed 43 people. The lorry had lost control after hitting a bump then burst into flames and then spread the disaster along to other nearby vehicles.

15. 2017 Salgaa Accident

The year had just come to an end and many people were travelling to Nairobi during that time. December 31, 2017, is when a Nairobi bound bus from Busia collided head-on with a trailer at Migaa on the famous Salgaa black spot. The early morning accident claimed lived of 36 people.

16. 2018 Fort Ternan Crash

The most recent and horrific road accident yet, it happened on the 10th of September 2018 where a  bus belonging to Western Cross Sacco, crashed along the Londiani-Muhoroni road at 5 am at Fort Ternan tunnel in Kericho and killed 50 people. The bus was reportedly overloaded and speeding according to survivors and it was headed to Kakamega.


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Our wizards saw the Brave New World, but none saw coronavirus

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By CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO

Last year in December, Nation Media Group held its first Kusi Ideas Festival in Kigali. The festival tried to peer ahead the next 60 years in Africa.

There were many Brave New World ideas about how that future might look like, and also the perils that progress almost always brings. Needless to say, no one saw Covid-19 coming.

A futurist curtain-raiser in The EastAfrican, titled Africa in 2079, came close to outlining a mirror universe to the one Covid-19 is bequeathing us.

Between London, Zimbabwe, and the corners of Africa where Econet’s fibre optic network reaches, Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless and former chair of the board of AGRA wrote:

“I recently invested in a tech start-up that has created an Uber-like platform for tractors, enabling farmers to link up with a central database and order a tractor via SMS…freeing the farmer from the drudgery of the hoe. This service is particularly valued by women farmers, enabling them to circumvent social norms that might otherwise hamper their ability to hire a tractor.” From wherever we are hiding from the virus, unable to roam the farm, Uber farming could be the new way a lot of our food is produced.

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From Tanzania, Aidan Eyakuze, who is executive director of Twaweza East Africa and has been confined in-country as an elegant prisoner for nearly two years because of his love of inconvenient data, painted an intoxicating but strange utopian-dystopian picture of Africa at the end the century.

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By 2079, he foresaw the “vast majority of Africans earn their living through multiple micro-tasking (MMTs) ever since every ”job” was unbundled into its component tasks…leaving only those unbundled micro-tasks needing social intelligence, creativity or dexterity to be done by people. All ”taskers” are always-on private contractors who bid relentlessly for the privilege of tasking.

Incomes are kept low by the relative scarcity of tasks requiring the human touch.

“The unrelenting competition for tasks is both stressful and socially divisive — you are competing against everyone all the time…even marriages have renewable term limits, ‘in case someone better comes along.’” With work-from-home regimes, the former has come 78 years earlier.

Indeed, even for the latter, more people now probably think being cooped up with the same man or woman in the house “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part,” is a very archaic model.

Between Italy and Kenya, the Society for International Development’s Arthur Muliro, peered into a what a truly borderless Africa might look. Among others, his gaze settled on, of all places, Libya.

“Libya…was now welcoming other Africans and allowing them to settle. The peace deal that had come after a decade of civil war was holding and there was new optimism, in part boosted by the arrival and expansion of new migrant groups who had settled there and were helping rebuild their adopted country.”

On a close re-reading, turns out Aidan hinted that Turkey, which jumped in the Libyan fray as the coronavirus made its way out of Wuhan, might have something to do with it.

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Stadiums progress welcome – Daily Nation

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Last week, the Sports ministry’s top officials, led by Chief Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor Hassan and Principal Secretary Joe Okudo traversed the country to access the ongoing construction of stadiums.

President Uhuru Kenyatta also made an impromptu tour of the Nyayo National Stadium to ensure that all is well besides giving Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed full support. That has made sure that renovation works resume at all the stadiums — including Kasarani, Nyayo, Kipchoge Keino, Kamariny and Wote — and that everything is running on schedule.

Upon completion of some of these arenas, the country will have positioned itself to host major world events, especially in football, athletics and basketball. The ministry must, therefore, ensure that, while it has given contractors an ultimatum to finish their work, it also insists on quality delivery.

But there are concerns about work at county stadiums, especially in Mombasa, where those who redesigned the arena have done away with the internationally approved running track.

The new stadium has been designed for football only hence won’t host any track and field events. The four lane track will only be for warm up and this has raised eyebrows.

Mombasa County Chief Sports Officer Innocent Mugabe said Bububu grounds in Likoni and Kenya Ports Authority’s Mbaraki Sports Club will be upgraded for sports use. Mombasa being at low altitude, it is suitable for staging major World Athletics events, having staged the 2007 World Cross Country Championships.

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Kenya is bidding to host the 2025 World Championships in Athletics and Mombasa can easily be the venue with a good stadium in place. There is still time to build a county stadium.

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Ensure reopening of schools runs smoothly

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When Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha announced a fortnight ago the postponement of school reopening to January next year, he gave an exception. Universities, teacher training colleges and technical training institutions were directed to be ready to reopen in September.

Consequently, they were asked to put in place safety measures prescribed by the Health ministry, including reorganising classrooms and hostels to ensure social distancing. Just a month to the planned reopening, are those institutions really prepared?

In the past few days, Prof Magoha has convened meetings with the heads of the institutions to plan for the reopening and visiting the colleges to assess their preparedness. Preliminary reports from these engagements indicate that just a few institutions are ready.

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At the university level, so far, only Strathmore has been declared ready for reopening. Ensure reopening of schools runs smoothly

For teachers’ colleges, three — Murang’a, Kibabii and Kericho — have met the threshold. Assessment is ongoing for the technical training institutions.

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But the broad observation is that most of the institutions are not ready. Though not surprising, most of them are ordinarily in poor state and Covid-19 has just exposed them. Beyond the situation, long-term actions are required to revamp and revitalise them.

Reopening the colleges in September will be the starting point for relaxing restrictions in the education sector. The reason for beginning with colleges is that they have mature students who understand the health protocols and can, therefore, take care of themselves and minimise infections. Their experience would then inform plans for reopening primary and secondary schools.

REPEAT CLASSES

Closure of schools and colleges has dealt a huge blow to education. Learners in schools have lost a whole year and have to repeat classes next year. This comes with high social, economic and psychological. Indeed, this is the first time in history that schools are being closed for a year.

The last time the education sector suffered most was in 1982, when, following an abortive coup, the University of Nairobi and then-Kenyatta University College were closed for nine months. That created a major backlog and that took five years to clear. This is the reason steps should be taken at the earliest opportunity to mitigate the damage.

The challenge, therefore, is for the colleges to work on those health protocols to prepare for reopening. All other sectors, such as transport and tourism, are reopening and, therefore, colleges have no reason to lag behind. We ask the management of the institutions to expedite the required processes and get ready for reopening in September as directed.

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