The Office of the Government Spokesperson, headed by Isaac Mwaura, has asked Kenyans travelling upcountry for Christmas festivities to do so with caution.
Issuing a press briefing on Sunday, Mwaura advised Kenyans to minimise night travel and avoid it entirely if the visibility is very low.
He explained that the ongoing rainfalls had also posed challenges for drivers over the possibility of flash floods as well as damaged roads.
As a result, drivers should always ensure that their vehicles are in good condition before embarking on long journeys.
"While planning for your travel upcountry, we may not have the latest update for the condition of the road we are trying to use. It is thus advisable not to drive when it is still raining and especially when the visibility is less than 100 meters which might compromise your safety," he explained.
"Night travel should be minimised as much as possible and ensure that your vehicle is mechanically prepared for the journey ahead. Have with you the necessary survival kits, warm clothes, drinking water, and warm food."
He further advised parents to minimise travelling with children since the roads were still dangerous.
“If possible, do not travel with children at this time. Further do not drive in or through rivers or in flooded areas, moving or stagnant waters. It is important that you take your time and wait for it to subside or turn around,” he added.
The caution comes hours after 14 people sustained injuries in an accident involving a lorry and a 14-seater matatu at Migaa between Salgaa and Sachangwan in Nakuru County.
Kenya Motorists Association (KMA) in an update to the public explained that the collision had caused a heavy traffic snarl up.
“Kenya Police are currently clearing the scene and the Kenya Red Cross will provide psychological support to those affected,’ a statement from Kenya Red Cross read in part.
The NGO further noted that the 14 individuals were stabilised on site and evacuated to Nakuru Provincial General Hospital with support from well-wishers.
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