Hundreds of people travelling to and from western Kenya were stranded in Narok County on Saturday after angry residents blocked the Narok-Maai Mahiu Road to protest the killing of six heads of livestock by a bus.
The accident happened at Suswa at about 10am when a Kisii-bound bus ploughed into the livestock that were crossing the road. About 22 other heads of cattle were injured.
Mr Andrew Ndiema, a bus driver, told nation.co.ke that the residents demanded for Sh9 million in cash from the bus company before they could open up the road.
NO BANK TRANSACTIONS
“They don’t want anything to do with bank transactions. They want cash,” he said in a phone interview.
The blockage caused a heavy traffic jam on a stretch of the road that is approximately 30 kilometres long.
The impasse had not been resolved by 3pm.
“Vehicles travelling from Nairobi to western Kenya have been forced to use the Naivasha route,” Mr Ndiema said.
Mr Ndiema noted that police officers arrived at the spot but their pleas for a ceasefire fell on deaf ears.
“Police have come but can’t do anything because the Maasai say Nkaissery (Joseph who is Interior Cabinet Secretary) is theirs and they are now the law,” he said.
In February last year, a similar protest was waged after a truck ran over 23 cattle and tens of sheep.