Kenya: Fed Up Matiang'i Slaps NTSA With Order On Road Accidents

12 February 2019

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has tasked the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to ensure road accidents within the country are reduced by 50 percent.

In a statement released by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday, the CS also ordered NTSA to ensure that no deaths occur due to road accidents.

"Honest and loyal leadership is what Kenyans are demanding and you must be directly accountable to them by enforcing all the laws ruthlessly and applying the standards without compromising," Dr Matiang'i told the agency's leaders.

Dr Matiang'i also issued a stern warning to NTSA officials working in cohorts with criminals in issuing fake vehicle registration numbers.

'CLONING NUMBER PLATES'

"Investigation into the incidents where some officials engage in cloning of number plates and fraudulent registration of number plates is at an advanced stage," he said, adding that the syndicate had eaten revenue collection target.

The CS also said that the number of accidents being recorded indicated that most vehicles are not roadworthy and are not being inspected.

Dr Matiang'i asked the officials to make efforts of going to the field and gathering "first-hand information on issuance of car plates, issuance and renewal of driving licenses and inspection of vehicles among other operations that fall within the mandate of the authority."

This was the first meeting Dr Matiang'i held with the officials after NTSA was moved from the Ministry of Transport to that of the Interior Ministry by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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