The Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) director general Eng Peter Mundinia has contradicted police assertion that the Makenji-Kabati stretch on Nyeri-Nairobi Highway is a blackspot.
In an exclusive interview with Cofek News, Eng Mundinia said that the recommended speed is up to 110 Km/h.
Nyeri Governor Dr Wahome Gakuru died at the spot early Tuesday in a grisly accident which saw his Mercedez vehicle ripped over a guard rail.
"My PS and I visited the scene. The Governor's car flew over the guard rail for about 85 metres. The car's initial impact on the guard rail was not at the end but in the middle. The rails are enhanced by Y20 size of metal. Its very strong and that is why it withstood the heavy impact. I can't imagine what would have happened if there were no guard rails', he said disputing claims that the road design and or guard rails were not right.
KENHA manages Nyeri-Nairobi Highway.
Prof Maina Muchara of USIU-A writing in "the watchman" column of Daily Nation called out on KENHA and the DT Dobie, the manuacturers of the Mercedes Benz car to authenticate its' safety. We are yet to receive a response to our email to the company headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
A tyre expert who talked on a point of anonymity says car tyres have a non-burst guarantee upto 4 years from the time of manufacture and not from the time of fitting on the road.
The late Governor's car reportedly had a tyre burst before it lost control, at high speed, fatally hitting the guard rail.
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