Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Vice president officially launches the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011/2020 in Kenya

A scene of accident

The Vice President Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka has today officially opened the country’s charter for United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011/2020 at the KICC.

The launch which was done globally by UN members is aimed at coordinating road safety at county level to avert the 1.3 million lives translating to 2% of GDP loss globally.

“With this launch Kenya will unveil a ten year programme of activities though our national road safety council” Mr. Kalonzo said at the event which was attended by His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent who is the global patron.

The launch comes with the government’s effort at rehabilitating existing and new roads, and with the recent matatu self regulation through registering SACCOs to ease the carnage

Mr. Kalonzo observed that road safety is fundamental for Kenya in realizing the vision 2030 by reducing economic and psychological loss attributed to over 3,000 lost nationally.

“I now call on the National Road Safety Council to tune their programs with this global plan to reduce road carnage which is the 5th leading cause of death to citizens” He said adding that motorists should ensure they have triangle hazard signs, first aid kits and fire extinguishers as stipulated in the traffic rules.

Kalonzo thanked the support offered through the global patron Hid Highness Prince Michael of Kent, World Bank, World Health Organization amongst others in making the Kenyan roads safe

The road minister Amos Kimunya and the Permanent Secretary Silas Njiru who is also the chairman of National Road Safety council attended the function.

Manuel Odeny

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