In Summary
  • Elders from the Kalenjin and other communities including the Kikuyu Council of Elders will hold cleansing ceremonies along the notorious stretch.

  • The elders now want the government to erect more bumps along the stretch to curb the frequent crashes.

  • Plans to establish a trauma centre in Salgaa during President Mwai Kibaki’s tenure have never taken off.

Elders from the Kalenjin community in Nakuru County are planning a series of cleansing prayers along the dangerous Salgaa-Migaa-Sachangwan-Mau Summit stretch along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway starting next week.

The elders made the disclosure after they held a meeting at the AGC Sachangwan church on Tuesday to deliberate on the rampant road crashes along the section of the highway.

According to the elders’ chairman Josiah Ruttoh, elders from the Kalenjin and other communities including the Kikuyu Council of Elders will hold cleansing ceremonies along the notorious stretch.

“Also, the clergy have been invited to seek divine intervention to end the road carnage that has claimed hundreds of lives [along] the stretch,” Mr Ruttoh said after the meeting.

The meeting brought together the Kalenjin elders, church elders, local leaders among them Nakuru Deputy Governor Eric Korir, Molo MP Kimani Kuria and area administrators.

THEORY DISMISSED

However, the elders dismissed the theory that the mass grave at Sachangwan where 78 victims of the 2009 oil tanker fire were buried is the cause of crashes along the stretch.

The Sachangwan oil tanker tragedy claimed 130 lives.

Mr Ruttoh said crashes along the stretch are mostly caused by careless driving as opposed to claims by some people that some spirits are involved.

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