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Kenya must weigh out the option on traffic rules – either motorists or cows

Along Nairobi – Narok highway the whole traffic was at a standstill because a motorist had killed a cow that was crossing the highway. Blockade and crowds of angry community members posed to prove to the world that a cow is more important than human beings. What I found so interesting is that the whole traffic was held up for several hours. Blocked in the jam were some tourists coming from Masai Mara National Game Reserve and rushing to catch their international flights at the Airport in Nairobi. Missing an international flight can cost several dollars for an individual. A motorist that crashes into a cow may risk causing serious and expensive damages to his or her vehicle. Worse still, a motorist can lose his or her life if knocks an animal at high speed. But as if this tells us nothing, still people can put blockade on the highway baying for someone’s blood and causing economic stand-still in the modern Kenya. This blog is willing to discuss why still people behave this way!
Public road is used for public purposes. Some vehicles may be transferring a sick person to hospital while some motorists have just to use the road for their urgent business affairs. The cost of a fairly good used Japanese car in Kenya is ranging between 400-800,000 Kenya shillings. The market value of a bull for meat is worth less than 50,000 Kenya shillings in the rural markets and less than 100,000 shillings in Nairobi. Motorists pay insurances and taxes for the road levies. Owners of cows are not subjected to any state tax and pay no money to use the road. But still in the Kenyan highways one will come across donkeys pulling loads of goods, hand-carts, cows and goats. While we respect each other’s business I am wondering why traffic rules and policies cannot safeguard the rights of highway users in Kenya? It is as though public roads can be manned by some individuals. I tend to think that in case of a conflict, the priority should be given to the public interest and not private. The highway is a public property and is meant to serve the public. Imagine security officers rushing to save an emergency situation and any delay might mean someone losing his or her dear life! At the same time, police and other security officers were busy in Narok restoring law and order among the fighting communities in the area. What a mayhem! What matters most?
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  1. As a motorist, I completely agree with this article. It’s a shame when such incidences occur.

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