Govt Takes Action After Viral Eyewitness Plea in NTV Interview

  • Photo collage of Brian Chira during an interview on NTV on December 22, 2022
    Photo collage of Brian Chira during an interview on NTV on December 22, 2022.
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  • On December 22, 2022, Brian Chira went viral following his eyewitness account on NTV, appealing to the government to set up measures to tame traffic accidents in Nakuru.

    Chira appeared intoxicated as he went live on NTV to give an account of what had transpired that led to a tragic accident along the Ngata area in Nakuru County, which claimed 11 lives.

    Chira gave incoherent statements that most Kenyans failed to understand what had caused the horrific crash. However, before NTV reporter Ruth Sarmwei cut him off, Chira appealed to the government to erect speed bumps along the stretch of the road.

    "It is tragic! what I would like to ask the government is to create bumps and create awareness. Create signs here," Chira insisted.

    Matatu colliding with a trailer at the Ngata Bridge in Nakuru County on December 22, 2022
    Matatu collides with a trailer at the Ngata Bridge in Nakuru County on December 22, 2022.
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    Despite receiving backlash following his witness account, the government honoured his plea. Through an official statement, Chira revealed that the government had erected signs to sensitize motorists within the Ngata area.

    "My name is Brian Chira. You people laughed at me when I said the government should create awareness on this road," Chira stated.

    "They did! at least no more accident will occur on this road. At least we won't have cases of speeding because people lost their lives on that fateful day. We are glad the government did something," Chira insisted.

    Besides appreciating the government for erecting speed bumps and blackspot signs, Chira capitalised on that fame to sensitive motorists on the importance of observing traffic rules.

    To further avert road accidents, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) pledged to install jersey barriers on the Ngata bridge.

    "I have directed KeNHA to immediately implement adequate measures to forestall any such accidents. These actions will be for the short and long term," Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen stated.

    Murkomen instructed the highways agency to install Observe Lane Discipline road signs along that stretch.

    Data from the National Transport and Safety Authority indicated that 19,285 victims were involved in road accidents between January and November 30, 2022.

    Fatalities crossed over 4,000, and those injured stood at 8,756 during that period.

    Photo collage of Brian Chira with blackspot sign erected at Ngata Bridge in Nakuru County
    Photo collage of Brian Chira at blackspot sign erected at Ngata Bridge in Nakuru County.
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