3 dead in Rongo accident, Ghati calls for sugarcane hauling tractors regulation

Nominated MP and first Migori Woman Representative Hon. Dennitah Ghati

By MN Reporter

Sugarcane hauling tractors should be regulated to avoid accidents, nominated MP Dennitah Ghati has said.

Ghati said government, especially the Ministry of Transport and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) should put a string of measures to control the sector..

“Key among them will be preventing the tractors from hauling sugarcane at night,” she said.

She was reacting to the Sunday night accident where two people died on the spot, with the driver succumbing a day later after a matatu rammed into a sugarcane hauling tractor.

The tractor, with only one torch and no road reflectors had its tyre burst and stalled on the road.

Rongo deputy police boss Zebedee Amsama said the tractor which was moving from Migori to Rongo at Matafare area “skidded to the right side of the road and because of only one head light drivers mistook it for a motorbike.”

Amasama shared the legislator’s sentiments and confirmed that most sugarcane hauling tractors are not road worthy.

“We need a law passed for them to avoid transporting their haul at night, most carry extra load, have no light, reflectors and are poorly services,” he said.

He said laws on streamlining the tractors should be put in place to avoid further accidents.