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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua making his address when he joined friends, and other leaders in comforting families of the 52 victims and survivors of the Londiani accident tragedy during interdenominational prayers in Londiani town in Kericho County on July 4, 2023. The DP said the government is taking short-term and long-term measures for road safety as it enhances road networks across the country. Photo |DPCS

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Tuesday said the Government will implement comprehensive measures to improve safety of the roads and avert loss of lives. 

Mr Gachagua said losing 5000 lives to road accidents every year was unacceptable, promising the rolling out of quick interventions that will ensure better use of roads across the country and reduced carnage. 

Speaking in Londiani Town, Kericho County during interdenominational prayers for the families who lost loved ones in a tragic accident at Londiani Junction last Friday, the Deputy President said President William Ruto has directed the Ministry of Roads and Transport to develop regulations to cut reckless usage of the roads and improve safety of users. 

“The President has directed the Cabinet Secretary of Roads and Transport to deal with road safety. Losing 5000 people every year to accidents is unacceptable and we must intervene to stop these deaths,” said the DP.

He said the measures will be tough in a bid to return order in the transport industry asking for support from all stakeholders. 

“The measures might be painful to some but we must accept that to have any meaningful change in the sector we must implement these to save more lives from being lost,” he added. 

While condoling with the bereaved families, Mr Gachagua pledged Government support saying it was tragic to lose many lives to such an accident. 

“Losing 52 people is quite saddening. We pray to God to grant the families peace and strength during this difficult time,” he said. 

Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen said the Government was formulating regulations that will make the roads in the country safer. 

“Once the regulations are in place, all commercial, Public Service Vehicles and school buses must have a dashboard camera and vehicle telematics that will entail a GPS system, a blackbox recorder to transmit the speed, the location of the vehicle, when and who maintained and serviced the vehicle,” the CS said.