A driver of a speeding Probox car ferrying Miraa has died while receiving treatment at Matuu Level 4 Hospital.
This is after the vehicle he rode shotgun was involved in a grisly accident at Kang’onde market along Kanyonyoo-Embu road in Yatta sub-County, Machakos County which also left another person badly injured.
Confirming the incident, Kang’onde area Chief Sebastian Langesi told the press that the accident involved the probox and a Lorry ferrying sand, both heading to Nairobi.
Langesi further said that the Miraa ferrying probox was being driven at a high speed when it wrongly tried to overtake before been hit by the heavy vehicle. The lorry’s driver escaped unhurt.
In October last year, a joint security committee in Meru, Murang’a and Kirinyaga counties installed new regulations to govern mirra-trasporting vehicles for over-speeding.
“In September alone, miraa-ferrying vehicles caused eight deaths in Kirinyaga County and six in Murang’a County. The cause was reckless driving, speeding and overlapping where some deaths involved pedestrians who were off the tarmac space,” read their joint statement addressed to the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA).
The Miraa ferrying vehicles were expected to adhere to traffic rules and the new sanctions aimed at bringing sanity while transporting miraa.
Miraa transporters argue that the produce is perishable and has strict market schedule, hence the need for the rush.