Unveiled: Dying declaration of bodaboda rider hit by matatu on Waiyaki Way
The identity of a bodaboda rider who died after being knocked down by a speeding matatu on Waiyaki Way has now been revealed.
Mr Joe Dzombo was knocked down by the speeding matatu near Upper Kabete on the night of Tuesday, 9 May 2023, and efforts to save his life by rushing him to the hospital after the gruesome accident proved futile.
Locals in Kabete and the deceased’s family are planning to conduct road safety education in the area, as this was his last wish before he breathed his last.
Mr Pedro Chege, a local man, said the deceased was on his way from a hospital in Nakuru County where he had taken his brother.
“His last words and dying wish was that critical sensitisation be carried out in the vast Nairobi County to educate motorists on road safety,” he said.
Mr Chege said they had already formed a team to brainstorm on how to carry out the process and fulfil the late man’s wish.
The incident comes just three weeks after a Cabinet meeting chaired by President William Ruto expressed concern over the rising number of road accidents across the country.
The Cabinet attributed the rise in road accidents to human error along the country’s major highways.
To restore sanity, Ruto’s Cabinet directed the National Police Service (NPS) and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to step up surveillance and crackdown on motorists who flout traffic rules.
“Meanwhile, the meeting noted with concern the increasing cases of road accidents in the country,” reads part of the Cabinet note.
The NTSA and the police have already launched a number of crackdowns on vehicles across the country.