When the vehicle they were traveling in hit a giraffe in Murka region near Tsavo West National Park on Tuesday, a woman died on the spot and a member of the Taita-Taveta County Assembly was evacuated to Moi County Referral Hospital. Chanzu Khamadi, MCA for Mata Ward in Taveta Sub-county, was traveling along the Voi-Taveta-Holili highway from Taveta when his Prado collided with a giraffe crossing the road. The car was thrown several meters into the bush as a result of the impact.
The MCA is also the Chair of the County Assembly’s Lands Committee.Before an ambulance arrived and transported the comatose MCA to Moi County Referral Hospital in Voi, well-wishers walking along the road tried everything they could to save the two. The woman’s body was later brought to Moi Hospital’s mortuary for a post-mortem examination. John Mwakima, the County Executive Member for Health (CECM), claimed the medics at Moi were able to stabilize the MCA before referring him to Mombasa for expert care. He replied, “We’ve referred him to Mombasa for specialized treatment.”
“A giraffe was hit near Murka in Tsavo West National Park.” “Only one person, a lady, died,” he claimed.It was unclear whether the deadly collision was caused by speed or mechanical breakdown. An investigation into the disaster has already begun. As word of the awful news spread, relatives of the deceased woman flocked to the health center in horror. Several members of the County Assembly also hurried to the hospital to check on their colleague’s condition.
Originally, the patient was scheduled to be airlifted, but delays caused by the acceptance of documents forced a change of plans, and he was instead transported to Coast General Hospital by ambulance.There have been incidents of vehicles plying the Voi-Taveta Highway hitting wildlife crossing the road in Tsavo National Park.
The 110-km road that links the border town of Taveta to Mwatate and Voi cuts through Tsavo West National Park. Most of the accidents however are reported at night due to poor visibility. To reduce incidences of wildlife-related accidents, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has erected various signposts inside the park directing on the speed limit. They have also erected signs warning road users of areas known for wildlife crossing.