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CS Murkomen Asks Parents To Choose Safe Routes For Their Children As Schools Reopen Amid Heavy Rains

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has called on parents to choose safe routes for their children as schools reopen for second term.

“They should choose safe routes and coordinate with school administrators to set up safe pick-up and drop-off points,” Murkomen said.

The CS in a statement on Sunday, also called on road users to exercise caution as the heavy rains continue wreaking havoc in various parts of the country.

CS Murkomen further called on parents to release children on their trips back to school early noting that they (parents) play a key role in ensuring their children’s safety.

He acknowledged that the new term coincides with heavy rains, creating hazardous roadconditions due to flooding and damaged infrastructure.

The CS advised drivers to maintain a safe distance, slow down and exercise patience in areas with heavy rain or flooding to minimise risks.

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

He however maintained that reckless behaviour on the roads will not be tolerated.

Murkomen said the National Transport and SafetyAuthority (NTSA) and the Police will intensify enforcement of traffic rules during this period.

He called on road users to take personal responsibility by avoiding risky behaviours such as speeding or overloading.

Murkomen has called on the public to report reckless driving for action to be taken against such individuals breaking the law.

“Drivers who endanger the lives of other road users by ignoring traffic regulations or crossing dangerous waters will be held accountable for their actions,” he said.

The Ministry of Education has maintained that schools will reopen for second term from April 29 despite the ongoing heavy rains and flooding across the country. 


By Matildah Obaigwa

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