Kenyans on social media are in a celebratory mood as after president Uhuru Kenyatta banned the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) off the roads.
The move by the president has received a lot of praise from Kenyans across the board who have always felt that NTSA was overstepping its mandate. The attacks on NTSA have especially intensifies in the last few months with the rising number of accidents on the roads.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement banning NTSA from the roads at Maili Tatu in Meru County at the funeral service of three bishops of the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA).
The three bishops – Philip Kubai, chairman of the AIPCA B Synod from Ntonyiri Diocese, Moses Ntoeruri of Igembe Diocese and Bishop Stanley Karuru from Igembe Central Diocese – died on December 29 in a road accident at Wamumu in Mwea, Kirinyaga County.
Two weeks back, Nakuru County Senator Susan Kihika said that NTSA had lost direction. She said that by taking over the policing role which it was not properly empowered to do, the state agency had neglected its core mandate and taken on a role that only ended up bringing confusion on the roads.
“It is sad that NTSA apparently lost direction on its core policy mandates and diverted to enforcement knowing it had neither capacity nor personnel,” senator Susan Kihika had said adding that the agency was attracted by the quick money they could make through exhorting bribes from motorists.
Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi an influential Kenyan blogger who has also hit out on NTSA took to social media to thank the president for the move.
On behalf of the Kenyan male fraternity and the Boy-Child at large, I would like to take this opportunity to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for hearing the cry of the people and reigning in on this notorious body called NTSA,” tweeted Nyakundi.