NTSA NTSA announces next move after Uhuru ordered them off Kenyan roads

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday ordered NTSA off Kenyan roads.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia flags off patrol vehicles given to the National Transport and Safety Authority at Uhuru Park on March 21, 2016. The authority has now said it will focus more on public education. play Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia flags off patrol vehicles given to the National Transport and Safety Authority at Uhuru Park on March 21, 2016. The authority has now said it will focus more on public education. (Nation Media Group)

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has announced its next move after President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday ordered them off Kenyan roads.

NTSA on Thursday announced it will be reassigned duties after their withdrawal from the Kenyan roads.

The authority has now said it will focus more on public education.

The President instead directed traffic police officers to take over the NTSA's duties on the Kenyan highways.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking during a past press conference at State house. (Monicah Mwangi)

 

“I agree that road accidents have been on the rise and the government will work to ensure we minimise the accidents. We have decided that all NTSA officers withdraw from the roads and leave traffic work to the police. We want to see if we can restore order on the roads,” Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta's directive was aimed at curbing the increasingly rising cases of road accidents in the country that has resulted in hundreds of deaths in the past few months.

Latest statistics by NTSA revealed that 356 people died in December alone.

Amid mounting pressure to disband NTSA following the rise of accident-related deaths in the country, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia dissolving the authority will not reduce the number of accidents on Kenya's roads.

play An NTSA officer directs traffic at the scene where a bus overturned at Waruku along Waiyaki Way on January 7, 2018. The authority has now said it will focus more on public education. (Nation Media Group)

 

"Disbanding NTSA is not a solution. Let us take a holistic view of its mandate. It has numerous functions besides road safety," the CS stated.

NTSA was established through an Act of Parliament; Act Number 33 on 26th October 2012.

The objective of forming the Authority was aimed at harmonize the operations of the key road transport departments and help in effectively managing the road transport sub-sector and minimizing loss of lives through road crashes.

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