Disturbing video of the Matunda bus which killed 38 people on Sunday
NTSA and Police were informed 3 months before concerning the bus
Sammy Maina, a driver who frequently uses the Nakuru- Eldoret highway, told the Standard that he had reported the bus to NTSA and police three months before the tragic accident.
Mr. Maina had recorded a video footage of the bus speeding while driving on the wrong side.
“I am a regular road user and I have a camera on my dashboard. I was heading to Naivasha at around 8 am in September when the bus overtook me on the wrong side of the road at around Soko Mjinga area before Kinungi,” he said.
Maina stated that the bus driver almost caused an accident while driving recklessly.
“The driver made several blunders and nearly caused an accident. He was driving carelessly and nearly hit an oncoming Toyota Vitz. He repeated the same mistake at Kinungi,” he said.
Mr. Maina added that he even posted the video on NASA's twitter handle but he was simply told: “Thanks for contacting NTSA. Kindly send your full name, email address, and phone number. We’ll get back to you shortly”.
This comes amid public outage calling for NTSA to be disbanded. A section of Kenyans has blamed the Authority for the numerous accidents.
However, NTSA took drastic action and banned night travel for all long distance Public Service Vehicles (PSV).
Commenting on the tragic accident, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who is also the Vice Chair of the Transport and Infrastructure committee in the National Assembly, stated that NTSA cannot be blamed for the accident.
Mr. Kuria noted that NTSA was simply a policy and standard organ and Police were responsible to enforce the law.
“NTSA was supposed to be a policy and standards organ. The work of enforcement belongs to the police. I think someone in the past got over ambitious or maybe they fell in love with the alcoblow. NTSA is hopelessly understaffed to carry out enforcement.
“And it is not even their job in the first place. As the Vice Chair of the Transport and Infrastructure committee in the National Assembly I will drive the move to return enforcement work to the National Police Service,” he posted on Facebook.
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