Former Roads Minister Speaks Out Following Criticism of CS Murkomen Over Surge in Accidents

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Former Roads Minister Speaks Out Following Criticism of CS Murkomen Over Surge in Accidents

Former Minister for Roads, Franklin Bett, defended Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen regarding the escalating number of accidents in Kenya.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, Bett urged those attributing blame to Murkomen for the road carnage to reflect on their own responsibilities.

He emphasized that as the former minister for roads, he continuously hears accusations directed at Murkomen but stressed that such anger is misplaced.

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Bett highlighted an incident in Kericho on Monday night, asserting that the fault lay with the driver rather than with Murkomen.

He attributed the surge in accidents on Kenyan roads to the reckless behavior of drivers.

According to him, many Kenyan drivers lack proper etiquette, fail to demonstrate courtesy, and disregard traffic regulations.

The former minister questioned the logic of blaming Murkomen when individuals drive carelessly, ignoring traffic rules and failing to exercise caution, especially during the rainy season.

He argued that countries like Australia and America have fewer accidents because their citizens adhere strictly to traffic regulations.

Bett also criticized passengers who willingly board overloaded vehicles, endangering their own lives.

He questioned Murkomen’s relevance in situations where passengers ignore warnings of overloaded vehicles and even squeeze into the vehicle’s boot.

Furthermore, Bett condemned the culture of bribery on the roads, attributing it to the behavior of road users themselves.

Despite Kenya’s population claiming to be predominantly Christian, Bett lamented that they readily offer bribes to police officers at roadblocks.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) disclosed alarming statistics, indicating a significant increase in road accidents since the beginning of the year.

From January 1 to April 1, a total of 7,198 Kenyans were involved in accidents, marking a surge of 1,908 compared to the previous year.

Among them, 1,189 lost their lives, 3,316 sustained serious injuries, and 2,693 suffered minor injuries, painting a stark contrast to the corresponding period in 2023.

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Former Roads Minister Speaks Out Following Criticism of CS Murkomen Over Surge in Accidents

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