New Year celebrations at Chelanga Grounds in West Pokot County were rocked with moments of violence after Kapenguria Member of Parliament (MP) Samuel Moroto differed with a group of youth, who heckled him during his speech.
An angered Mr Moroto stopped his speech midway and threatened to beat up the youth.
The unmoved youth dared the legislator to make good on his threat. When the visibly angry Mr Moroto was charging at a section of the youth, he was pulled back by West Pokot County commander, Mathew Kutto, who managed to restore tranquility.
When order was restored, the celebrations continued with West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo leading the residents in praying for families of those whose loved ones perished in separate road crashes in the country in 2017.
Mr Lonyangapuo faulted NTSA’s move to ban long distance public service vehicles from operating at night. He said the move would lead to congestion on the roads during the day. The governor claimed the resultant gridlock might see the rise of rogue drivers who would devise mechanisms to beat the traffic jam, leading to more harm on the roads.
Governor Lonyangapuo urged the National Government to expand major highways in the country to avert deaths caused by head-on-collision accidents, which arise when drivers attempt to overtake other motorists on narrow roads.
“It is unfair for Kenyans to use the same size of roads which were constructed for smaller populations back in the day. Today, Kenya’s population has tripled, but we are still using the same roads,” he said.
The county boss’ sentiments were echoed by West Pokot Senator Samuel Pogishio, who urged the government to come up with stringent measures to prevent road carnages caused by reckless driving and sub-standard transport infrastructure.
Mr Pogishio also urged motorists to be careful during and after the festive season.
“Motorists, please don’t drink and, thereafter, drive. You will save the lives of many Kenyans, when you abide by this caution,” he said.
Other leaders who added their voices in the call for restoration of sanity on Kenyan roads include: West Pokot County Speaker Catherine Mukenyang and area Woman Representative Lilian Tomitom.
The two leaders urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to call for immediate action on sloppy road safety administrators and officials in the ministry of transport.