Cyclist in Nairobi have now came up holding protests over the death of their fellow cyclist who involved in a tragic road accident on Wednesday. The deceased Caleb Omwoyo also known as ‘Belac’ is a 22 year-old and had a bright future as reports ascertains. He was a finalist engineer student at Technical University of Kenya.
As reports affirms, despite of being a student, Caleb Omwoyo was also running a delivery business in partnership with group of cyclist and was looking forward to graduated in few months. But all in all his dream was curtailed that brought a screening halt last Wednesday when he was hitted by a bus along Thika Road and died on spot while he was in the company of his Colleagues.
However, Caleb Omwoyo’s devastated colleague came up protesting, accompanied with diverse cyclist clubs seeking justice for the death his fellow. The protests with cyclist kicked off at Jevanjee gardens in the city centre heading to the spot along Thika road where Caleb Omwoyo died. However, according to the reports by one of Demo coordinators Cyprine Odaga there are many cases of accident involving cyclists across the country that goes unreported.
“We have many fatalities and injuries of cyclists mainly because the traffic rules and the road designs are not pro-cycling. The introduction of cycling lanes by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services is commendable but now we need more of such for suburbs and other towns in Kenya,” Odaga said.
The cyclist now want to table a petition on Tuesday to come up with policies inclusive in road safety rules. Nairobi women representative Esther Passaris joined the protesters and asked motorists to be careful and mindful of cyclist, affirming that there’s a need of compensation to victims of such accident by the insurance companies.
The Nairobi Woman representative also added that she’s going to table an amendment to transport act that will protect none-motor users against intimation by the motorists.
WRITER’S REMARK: As a colleague to the deceased Caleb ‘Belac’ Owoyo,his family and an alumni to Nami High School where he undertook his secondary level education, I would like to express my heartfelt crucial condolence in deep pain and sorrow to Omwoyo’s family and Nami High School fraternity by extension. #Take Your Way Belac and thy deeds will follow thee.