Baringo North Deputy County Commissioner Cheruiyot Tonui has sensationally claimed that the driver of the Administration Police truck that killed 23 people en route to Kapedo was drunk. Speaking during Jamhuri Day cerebrations on Tuesday at Moi Primary School Kabartonjo grounds, he said people should learn to speak the truth if such accidents are to be avoided.
“I have received sufficient information that the driver of the AP lorry went on a drinking spree in Marigat before embarking on the Kapedo journey,” said the DCC.
Tonui noted that when drivers take alcohol their judgment is impaired hence they can cause accidents. “You know when you are drunk, you can see one goat and think there are 2,000 goats hence a driver may apply emergency brakes, causing an accident on the spot,” said Tanui.
He added that similar accidents which occurred recently in the country at Kamara, on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway and Kamukuywa bridge on Webuye-Kitale road respectively were because of reckless driving.
“I highly suspect the drivers were driving under the influence of alcohol,” he said. Authorities had initially blamed goats crossing the road as the main cause of the crash. The DCC urged the concerned agencies to introduce Alco blow even in remote areas to nab drunk drivers.
Tonui also proposed high fines on those culpable of drunk driving to reduce the number of accidents on the roads during the festive season. Former Baringo North parliamentary seat aspirant Joseph Makilap asked motorists and bodaboda operators to be extra careful during the festive season.
Makilap, who consoled with the families of those who lost their loved ones at Moinonin in Baringo North, prayed that those who were affected shall soon come to terms with the tragic loss and move on with their lives. – KNA