Kidero’s driver, bodyguard among victims of grisly Londiani accident
Trade and Investment Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) appointee Evans Kidero issued a statement after his aides were involved in the Londiani accident that claimed the lives of over 45 people.
In a statement from his communication officer Jack Nduri, Kidero revealed that his driver and bodyguard were among dozens who were involved in the road carnage.
The statement revealed that Kidero's bodyguard and driver were aboard a black Range Rover with registration number KBS 786R when it was hit from behind and on the side.
The SUV was among several vehicles that were hit when a trailer lost control and rammed several automobiles at the Londiani junction along the Kericho-Nakuru highway on June 30, 2023.
“My driver and Sammy soldier (the bodyguard) were part of the accident victims at Londiani where more than 50 people lost their lives and a similar number in critical condition at various hospitals in Rift Valley. Our hearts go out to families who lost loved ones with heartfelt condolences and prayers,” Kidero said in a statement.
The former Nairobi governor further disclosed that his aides survived the tragic accident.
“We thank God for the lives of Christiano the driver and Sammy soldier Wuod Asumbi. We continue to pray that God Will continue to oversee safety on our roads,” Kidero added.
Over 60 injured
Preliminary reports indicated that a truck lost control at the Londiani junction, running over several people including pedestrians and businesspeople by the roadside.
The truck also ran over businesses and vehicles that were parked by the roadside.
The accident was confirmed by Londiani OCPD Agnes Kunga on Friday night, revealing that over 60 injured victims were rushed to Londiani, Kericho and Nakuru hospitals amid a heavy downpour.
“We wish those injured a speedy recovery as we try to rescue those trapped in the vehicles. It is a bad crash,” she said.
In a statement, Kericho Governor Eric Mutai said the county had mobilized ambulances and put all health facilities on standby.
Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen visited the scene of the accident on Saturday morning.