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Sabaot elders injured in road accident after presenting views at National Dialogue

A Sabaot elder was among 20 people injured in a road accident along the Eldoret-Nakuru highway on September 25, 2023.

The injured were among a delegation of 51 members of the Sabaot community who were traveling from Nairobi to Kitale after presenting their views on the bipartisan talks at the Bomas of Kenya.

The elders are pushing for creation of a new county known as Saboat county to cater for the interests of the local community as they decry continued marginalization.

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According to Turbo sub-county police boss Edward Masibo the 9pm accident occurred at Ainabkoi junction and it involved a school bus and a private motor vehicle.

“The bus carrying the 51 passengers all from Sabaot community was heading to Eldoret from Nairobi and as the driver was trying to overtake, it hit an oncoming car and lost control,” explained Mr Masibo.

As a result of the accident, he said six of the passengers sustained injuries and were rushed to the nearby Burnt Forest sub-county hospital where they were treated and discharged.

Mr Masibo said the rest of the injured passengers were rushed to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) for treatment.

The MTRH Chief Executive Officer Dr Wilson Aruasa described the condition of the passengers as stable.

“The 21 male adult patients were received this morning at around 7 am and are all stable,” said Dr Aruasa.

Motorists have been urged to exercise extra caution while on the road during the current heavy rains to minimize accidents.

The bipartisan talks were called following a political truce between President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The truce was agreed upon in talks involving former Nigerian president Olesegun Obasanjo following the anti-government protests which sought to, among others, lower the cost of living and address electoral reforms.