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Wangamati imposes night travel ban on cane tractors after 7 die at Maliki
Residents mill around a cane trailer belonging to West Kenya Sugar Company that was involved in an accident on May 18. /BRIAN OJAMAA
Residents mill around a cane trailer belonging to West Kenya Sugar Company that was involved in an accident on May 18. /BRIAN OJAMAA

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has banned cane tractors from operating past 6 pm in a bid to tame continued loss of lives in accidents involving the cane hauling vehicles.

The move follows the loss of 21 lives over the past one week that resulted from accidents involving the tractors on the Kitale-Webuye Highway.

The latest accident happened on Friday night where seven people died on the spot at Maliki market, a short distance from the infamous Kamukuywa bridge that claimed 14 lives on May 18.

Read: Seven killed after matatu collides with tractor near Kamukuywa bridge

Also read: Don among those killed in Friday crash

The accident, which occurred at around 9 pm, involved a 14-seater matatu and a cane tractor belonging to West Kenya Sugar Company.

"I am from holding a meeting with the Managing Director of West Kenya Sugar factory over the weighty issue of road carnage involving their cane trailers in our county,’ Wangamati told mourners at a burial ceremony in Webuye town on Saturday.

“From today, Saturday May 26, and until the new Transport Bill by the County Assembly on Road Safety is passed, no cane trailers will be allowed on Bungoma roads past 6 pm, whether moving or parked," the governor said.

He added: "The County Government of Bungoma is going to deploy enforcement officers who will patrol and make sure this is adhered to strictly.”

The factory management also agreed to engage the County Assembly Committee on Transport during public participation on the Bill.

The sugar firm pledged to retrain its drivers on road safety and put out a hotline and a reward system for members of the public who will report any of their drivers for drunk or careless driving.

The Kitale-Webuye highway has become notorious for fatal road accidents involving cane trailers over the recent months.

On December 11, 14 members from the same family died on the spo t at the Kamukuywa bridge after the matatu they were travelling in collided with a cane tractor from the same factory.

The matatu rammed the stationary trailer that had stalled on the bridge but had no reflectors to warn oncoming motorists.

The death toll from the accident later rose to 19 after five of the seven people who were injured died in hospital while undergoing treatment.

Following Friday's accident, Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula sent his message of condolences to the affected families.

He asked the relevant authorities to ensure they tame rogue drivers who are taking the lives of innocent Kenyans.

Read: Matatu crashes on tractor at Kamukuywa bridge, 14 feared dead

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