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Uhuru condoles family and blames Naivasha accident on ‘traffic regulation breach’

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday expressed his condolences to the families of all those affected by the Saturday evening accident that killed 40 people at Karai area, near Naivasha town.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, the President termed the accident “unnecessary” adding it occurred as a result of a traffic regulation breach.

“Last night, as a result of a grizzly and unnecessary accident, 40 people were killed along the Naivasha-Nakuru Road and scores more people were injured and are admitted to hospital.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta wishes to express his condolences to the families of all the bereaved, including the young families of the gallant officers from the GSU. He also wishes all the injured quick recovery,” the statement issued by State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu stated.

Among those who perished in the tragic accident included 11 officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) who provide VIP protection, including to President Kenyatta.

The president directed all agencies involved to expeditiously investigate the incident.

“The President notes that the canter responsible for the deaths should not have been on that particular road at that hour, and he expects the agencies responsible for enforcing traffic regulation to fully investigate this tragic breach,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, speaking on Sunday morning at the accident scene, Transport Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera indicated that the horrific accident was caused by speed bumps that were recently erected on the road.

PS Irungu noted that the driver of the Ugandan-registered Canter (registration number UAK 519C) may not have been aware of the terrain since he ran over one of the bumps while speeding.