The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is set to pay ksh 750,000 lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi after a court ruled on Thursday, the 6th of August 2020.
According to Ahmednassir, KenHA had damaged his Bentley as they were recarpeting the Nairobi-Namanga highway. He further accused them of negligence, seeing they should protect road users.
The lawyer also explained he was traveling to Arusha with his two daughters in August 2018. According to him, KeNHA workers did not put up warning signs signaling drivers of the construction.
In the process, the stones from the tarmacking also damaged his windscreen.
Ahmednassir further argued that KeNHA was putting drivers’ lives at risk by not sealing off the road. According to him, they failed to prevent accidents arising from the tarmacking.
The courts ruled that KeNHA should pay the lawyer to compensate him for damages and money he used to repair.
Lawyer Ahmednassir bought the luxurious vehicle in 2018 at ksh 47 million. Bentley markets the SUV as the fastest in the world with a maximum speed of 360 km/h.
This lawsuit sparked social media with netizens making the topic trend for the better part of the day on Twitter.
Some netizens gasped at the ksh 750,000 Ahmednassir would receive seeing this amount can also buy a new car.
Others hoped that this would serve as a lesson to KeNHA so that they can improve their practices. They hoped that this would also reduce the shady jobs that sometimes contractors do.
However, one tweep observed that the court’s ruling was contrary to the law. The netizen quoted the constitution and further urged KeNHA to appeal.
“The highway Authority shall not be liable for any loss or damage which may be caused to any person or property through the condition of a road or the failure of a road to sustain the weight of a vehicle,” reads a section of the Traffic Act CAP 403 section 93 (1).
— Gabriel mwai (@MzitoKibuchi) August 7, 2020
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