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Ikolomani MP and four family members survive road accident after son’s burial

Ikolomani Member of Parliament, Bernard Shinali, was on Sunday morning involved in a road accident at Lessos, along Kapsabet-Mau Summit road as he headed to Nairobi from his son’s funeral in Kakamega.

Speaking to the Daily Nation on the phone, the MP said he was together with four members of his family at the time of the accident at around 6:30am.

“We were travelling back to Nairobi when the accident happened. The oncoming matatu rammed into our vehicle as we tried to escape in vain,” Mr Shinali said.

He however, told the Daily Nation that the five of them were safe after undoing medical checkup at Kapsabet Hospital.

Members of the public mill around Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali's Landcruiser which was involved in a road accident along Kapsabet-Mau Summit road in Molo. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG'
Members of the public mill around Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali’s Landcruiser which was involved in a road accident along Kapsabet-Mau Summit road in Molo. PHOTO | JUSTUS OCHIENG’

“We have been examined and doctors have confirmed that we are safe. We will continue with our journey to Nairobi after recording statements with the police,” he said.

They were traveling to Nairobi after the burial of Chris Adema Masaka, the legislator’s son who died in the US.

SON’S BURIAL

Butere MP Tindi Mwale was the first to confirm the accident on his Facebook page and wished the occupants quick recovery.

“Ikolomani constituency’s MP Hon. Shinali’s Landcruiser involved in an accident along Kapsabet Mau Summit Road. Pole sana to Mheshimiwa and the occupants. Quick recovery to those injured,” Mwale  wrote.

Mr Shinali’s son Masaka was buried on Friday after he was flown from the US where he drowned in a swimming pool while saving a child.

He was serving in a US Marine and was on vacation with his family when he met his death.

Additional reporting by Amina Wako