Kalenjin elders rule out superstition as cause of Salgaa accidents

Police and residents at the accident scene Sachangwan, December 12, 2017. /AMOS KERICH
Police and residents at the accident scene Sachangwan, December 12, 2017. /AMOS KERICH

Kalenjin elders on Wednesday said the deadly accidents along the Salgaa-Sachangwan-Mau summit road are caused by carelessness and not superstition.

The elders said this after a consultative meeting that brought together elders from Nakuru, Baringo, Kericho and Bomet.

They spoke

outside AGC Sachangwan where they held the meeting.

Josiah Rutto who is Myoot council of elders chairman asked the government to build dual carriage roads and erect road bumps.

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"We want to categorically announce that the accidents are caused by careless driving but nothing

else," he said.

Kapkoros council of elders chairman Samuel Kiragu, however,

said they will hold a

cleansing

ceremony around Salgaaa

where over 200 people died in

2017.

The elders ruled out the possibility of relocating Sachang’wan fire tragedy victim’s mass grave that has been allegedly linked to a spate of accidents along the Kibunja- Salgaa stretch.

The elders said they were still holding consultations over the myth that three cursed Nandi chiefs who died near Sachangwan are the cause of accidents.

The meeting was convened by nominated MCA Rachel Maru, who says in the past five years, she has assisted witnessed

more than 45 accidents in the area.