An obituary for five family members who were killed in a traffic accident at Christmas moved Kenyans yesterday and reshaped the debate about the safety of our roads.
Dressed in magnificent and matching African prints and arranged from father to lastborn, the photo made the rounds on social media and aroused intense emotions.
Five members of a family in Sameta, Kisii County, are among more than eleven people who were killed in three different road accidents in the coastal region during the Christmas holidays.
The late Robert Bundi, his wife Veronica Bundi and their three daughters Marion (their firstborn), Natalia (secondborn) and Claire (fourthborn) were there on Saturday, April 25th.
Before their untimely death, the couple had five children. They have their two sons (third and fifth born) who are barely 10 years old.
According to an obituary in the Daily nation On Tuesday, January 4, the five died in a traffic accident in the Engwata, Mackinnon area near Voi on Christmas Day morning.
“They were on their way home from Mombasa to Kisii when they were killed in a street slaughter,” said an obituary.
In her obituary it is said that Natalia, a student of the Loreto monastery in Mombasa and Claire, a student of the Sos Hermann Gmeiner Elementary School, Kisauni, died on the spot.
Marion, the first-born daughter, survived the accident but died six days later at Coast General Hospital during treatment.
Police reports said the accident occurred about 35 km on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway between Mackinnon Road town, Kwale county, and Manyani in Voi, Taita Taveta county.
At that time the investigators said The standard that on the morning of Christmas Day five people were killed, two of them burned beyond recognition, when their car going to Nairobi caught fire after it collided with another headed for Mombasa.
In the 7am accident, three people in the car going to Mombasa died on the spot while three others were taken to Moi County Referral Hospital in Voi for treatment.
Kinango sub-county police commander Fredrick Ombaka said the accident may have been due to driver fatigue on a slippery road.
“The two occupants of the BMW (Nairobi bound) were badly burned. The Subaru (Mombasa bound) had six occupants and three died on the spot. Drivers need to be careful and avoid driving tiredly. You should rest, ”he said.
The area’s deputy police commander Mathion Pombo said the driver of the car heading towards Voi city lost control and collided head-on with a truck heading for Mombasa.
A funeral mass for the five deceased will be held on January 5th in the customs parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Nyali, followed by the burial on January 7th in Nyakegogi village, Sameta subdistrict, Kisii county.