Several people were on Wednesday morning feared dead after they were involved in a grisly road accident at Matutu – Nyaronde, along the Sotik-Keroka road.
The accident involved an Isuzu canter and a 14 seater matatu.
Nyamira county commissioner Amos Mariba confirmed the incident and said the exact number of people dead is yet to be ascertained.
However, by the time of going to the press, an unconfirmed report indicates that four people have died.
According to one social media user identified as Abuga Makori, illegal tax colletors from Nyamira County are purely to blame for the accident.
“We have lost four lives at Nyaronde along Keroka-Sotik highway due to illegal roadblock installed by tax collectors from Nyamira County.
“These collectors take time negotiating for bribes from matatu operators. They act with Impunity!” he tweeted.
The incident comes a week after the transport authority released a survey indicating that cases of accidents had increased in 2019.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority(NTSA) report released on November 18th, more Kenyans had died in 2019 than in 2018.
By the time the report was released the country had lost 3, 112 lives compared to 2,727 who died in 2018 by the same time.
Pedestrians were most hit with 1201 deaths.
We have lost four lives at Nyaronde along Keroka-Sotik highway due to illegal road block installed by tax collectors from Nyamira County @DCI_Kenya @EACCKenya @NPSOfficial_KE. These collectors take time negotiating for bribes from matatu operators. They act with Impunity! pic.twitter.com/EBo4LZ9Tp6
— Abuga Makori EGH, MBE (@o_abuga) November 27, 2019