From the Standard today in regard to the Nakumat and Salgaa fires.
- In most towns, oil tankers are often parked on the roadside, a danger to passersby, shoppers, and other motorists. Children are often the most exposed to danger as they play a few meters from the tankers.
residents have complained that most fuel tankers are packed in residential areas either for washing or siphoning of fuel. Mombasa
- It has become the norm for people to rush for free fuel whenever a tanker is involved in an accident, oblivious of the risks involved, says Internal Security Minister George Saitoti.
- The country has no laws restricting/regulating the movement of oil tankers and trucks, transport industry players say.
- In 2006, a local trailer maker introduced tankers which enhanced safety features that do not allow fuel spills in case of accidents. Called the Safety Plus, the tankers are fitted with valves underneath that snap off in case of an accident and trap the fuel inside the container.
- Driver fatigue is to blame for most accidents involving trucks.
- Accident disaster scenes should be cordoned off.
- We should reduce the amount of Fuel transported by road.
- In March, 2006, a draft proposal called ‘Fire Safety Management Policy of Kenya’ was to be discussed and adopted by the Cabinet. The document still remains a draft to date.
- Most public service vehicles do not have emergency exit doors.
- Kenyans are ill-prepared to deal with fire emergencies, experts say.
- The Physical planning Act is stringent but building managers alter plans once they’re issued with building certificates. Years later, managers alter the buildings later to suit their businesses. In the Nakumat fire, government head of operations at the site said the supermarket’s exit doors were permanently blocked.
So we actually know all that?
Other than the fires, condolences to the family of Madaraka Karisa who lost his wife and 4 children in a road accident at Makindu on January 19th. They were laid to rest on Saturday.
And let’s not forget the corruption scandals currently rocking the country. The perpetrators might be taking advantage to cover their tracks now that the nation’s attention is turned to the fire disasters.