Murkomen Sends Warning to Road Users as Schools Reopen

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Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen has issued a call for heightened caution among road users as schools reopen for the second term.

In a statement released on Sunday, Murkomen urged parents to meticulously select safe routes for their children’s commute, emphasizing the paramount importance of their safety.

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Murkomen implored parents to facilitate early departures for their children, underscoring their pivotal role in ensuring their safety during transit.

“Parents should opt for secure routes and collaborate with school authorities to designate safe pick-up and drop-off zones,” Murkomen emphasized.

Acknowledging the concurrent heavy rainfall, which often leads to treacherous road conditions characterized by flooding and infrastructure damage, the CS advised drivers to exercise prudence, maintain safe distances, reduce speed, and exercise patience, particularly in areas prone to flooding, to mitigate potential risks.

“Road users should not underestimate the dangers of rain and flooding, as evenshallow pools can hide deep potholes or deep currents,” warned Murkomen.

However, he maintained a stance of zero tolerance towards reckless driving behaviors, affirming that both the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and the Police would intensify enforcement of traffic regulations during this period.

Furthermore, Murkomen urged road users to shoulder personal responsibility by refraining from risky practices such as speeding and overloading. He urged the public to report instances of reckless driving, ensuring that appropriate action is taken against offenders.

An undated image of Students spotted in Eldoret town after schools close ; Image/File

Despite the prevailing heavy rains and widespread flooding across the nation, the Ministry of Education reiterated its commitment to the scheduled reopening of schools for the second term.

Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang disclosed on Thursday that a comprehensive multi-agency team had been deployed to address the challenges arising from the inclement weather.

Schools are slated to resume for the second term on April 29th.

The Ministry instructed all Regional Directors of Education to assess the rainfall situation in their respective areas before schools reopen next week, with data expected to be submitted by April 26th. The data/information should be emailed to by Friday, April 26



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