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Migori County to foot bills of lorry accident victims

Migori County Government has affirmed that it will foot the bills of the 11 people that perished during the recent fatal road accident in Migori town.

The accident occurred on April 7, when a lorry on transit from Nairobi to Isebania ferrying rice lost control and rammed into parked motorbikes and vehicles in downtown Migori killing seven people on the spot.

Migori Deputy Governor Dr. Joseph Mahiri affirmed that already the County has set aside Sh1 million to help bereaved families from the last weekend’s accident meet funeral expenses. The cash will help to foot the hospital and mortuary bills, coffins and hearse services.

He also added that they will foot the bills of the seven individuals that are still nursing serious injuries at the Migori County Referral Hospital.

Mahiri also announced that the county will host a joint memorial service on April 19 at Migori Stadium for the interdenominational mass to the bereaved families.

The official however, noted that they will continue engaging the bereaved families on any arrangements to ensure the process goes on smoothly.

He noted that they will be reorganising the Migori Central Business District (CBD) to prevent any future accidents in the CBD.

“We have already identified and allocated spaces for taxis and trucks and started to engage with the CDB boda boda to identify safe spaces for them to park and drop their customers,” said Mahiri.

Mahiri also acknowledged that the county will hatch a plan to re-route commercial trucks to use the newly constructed Kakrao-Namba bypass instead of passing through the town.

He explained that the county has already started to engage the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) on how best to control the speed within Migori town.

Migori County Executive Committee Member (CCEM) for Environment and Disaster Management Rahab Robi said that the county will stand with the bereaved families by giving them moral and financial support as they seek to bury their loved ones.

Robi said that already the national and county governments through the Ministry of Lands and Urban Planning, Transport and Public Works and Trade will to allocate safe spaces for taxis, boda boda and trucks.

By Geoffrey Makokha

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