Machakos County Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has mourned four officers attached to his office, who died Monday night after a saloon car they were traveling in collided head on with a Toyota land cruiser on Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
Police said the accident occurred at Lukenya area after the driver of the land cruiser, who was heading toward Nairobi attempted to overtake another vehicle but rammed into an oncoming car belonging to the County Government of Machakos.
All the four occupants in the saloon car died on the spot while the driver of the Toyota land cruiser sustained slight injuries and was rushed to Mater Hospital for treatment.
Confirming the incident, Athi River OCPD, Shama Wario, said the four bodies were taken to Shalom Community Hospital as investigation continues.
In a statement to newsrooms Tuesday afternoon, Governor Mutua refuted reports that had circulated on social media, claiming the late officers had escorted his wife Lillian Ng’ang’a to their Nairobi home and were returning to Machakos, when the accident occurred.
“I pass my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of officers attached to my office who passed away yesterday, last night, at Lukenya area, Machakos County while heading to their homes after duty.
“The accident claimed two Police Officers and two other Machakos County employees. Some of the officers had spent the day with me during my very busy trip to Yatta sub-county yesterday. The vehicle they were travelling in had just dropped off one of my assigned bodyguards and were heading to drop the other officers to their homes when the accident occurred.
“This is a very sad occurrence because we all work and treat each other as family. Improvement of our infrastructure and lighting are critical in minimizing road accidents in our nation.
“We pray to the Almighty God to comfort the families of our departed colleagues and to give us all His strength. Amen,” reads Governor Mutua’s statement.