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(From The Nation (Kenya) - AAGM)
Byline: Catherine Riungu
Late popular musician Issa Mmari (E-Sir) unbelted to answer a call of nature as the car he was travelling in stopped to fuel. Once back in the car, he did not fasten the belt and, minutes later, the car rolled, threw him out, and cut his life short.
His colleague and friend "Nameless" survived probably because he was buckled up.
Had he belted up, he would probably be still alive. It is in this spirit that E-Sir's fellow musicians Nameless, Wahu and Richard Ekhalie, together with Radio personality John Karani, teamed up to start a campaign - Save Life, Belt Up Movement - not only in the dead man's memory but also to educate the public that seat belts save lives.
As the January 31 deadline, by which all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) are expected to have been fitted with safety belts and speed governors, draws to a close, indifference or sheer defiance …