The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Leaders in Naivasha Support Ban On PSV Night Travel

Leaders in Naivasha have supported the government's directive on the ongoing ban on night travel for public service vehicles across the country. The leaders said Kenyans were dying at an alarming rate through accidents noting that the move will help bring sanity to Kenyan highways.

This came as hundreds of passengers spent Sunday night in Naivasha after police mounted a major swoop on public service vehicles flouting the directive along the Nairobi- Nakuru highway.

A spot check revealed that some of the passengers had already booked rooms in the area while others decided to spend the night in the vehicles they were travelling in.

A passenger only identified as Alfred Bwire said he was traveling to Nairobi from Uganda and that the new directive caught many from neighboring countries by surprise. "We need an urgent solution to this crisis because we have been left to suffer just because we want to reduce accidents on our highways".

The chairman of the Nakuru county assembly committee on implementation Simon Wanyoike Wanango said the ban on night travel for PSV's should continue even after the festivities.

"We have seen many lives lost especially on the Nakuru- Nairobi highway and if it means outlawing night travel to reduce accidents then we fully support the directive".

The chairman was speaking during the end year party for police officers at the Naivasha police station where he praised the officers for fighting crime. "We should all work with the police to ensure a safer Naivasha and this will attract investors and tourists in the area," he said.

On his part Naivasha OCPD Charles Kortok said residents had embraced the spirit of community policing with crime levels dropping considerably.

Kortok said the festive season was calm as no major incidents were reported or happened adding that they had increased the number of police on patrols in the estates. "I call on residents to work closely with the police to ensure zero tolerance on crime even as the year comes to a close," he said.

Others who spoke were Naivasha AP commander Robert Maingi who urged the residents to embrace the Nyumba Kumi initiative as one way of combating crime.

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