KNA Hundreds of motorist plying the Mai-Mahiu – Narok road were on Sunday night stuck for several hours after residents of Stima area blocked and barricaded the road demanding compensation for 25 sheep and three cows killed by a vehicle same evening.
Two minors who were looking after the animals also suffered minor injuries in the 7: 20 pm accident and were treated at Narok referral Hospital and discharged.
Confirming the incident Narok East sub-county police Commander Mr. Asher Mwenda Muthamia said the livestock were crossing the busy road when they were knocked down by the car.
According to Muthamia, police officers visited the scene once they were alerted and calmed the angry crowd that had blocked the road for over two hours causing a major traffic snarl-up on the busy highway. The Maai-Mahiu-Narok –Bomet highway is part of the Trans African highway and gateway to Western Kenya.
Among those stranded were tourists headed to the famous Maasai Mara national game Reserve during this peak season for the spectacular wildebeests’ migration from Serengeti National park in Tanzania to Maasai Mara in Kenya.
“I urge Narok residents to desist from blocking the busy highway every time livestock are knocked because this brings great losses to the economy,” Muthamia said.
The vehicle which was extensively damaged was towed to Ntulele police station as investigation into the incident commenced.
Muthamia cautioned that there are specific places designated for livestock crossing hence it was criminal for a herder to push his animals across the road at a point which is not designated.
“The herders too should adhere to highway codes because when animals just cross the road at any point, they endanger the lives of motorists and their passengers as it becomes hard for the driver to apply brakes,” he said.
The government through the Ministry of Internal Security had earlier warned herders against blocking the busy highway during such incidences saying those found doing so would be dealt with severely.
These scenario however remained common along this busy highway as pastoralists often graze or move their animals along the highway especially when headed to the livestock market.