As the debate on road accidents continues, Senator Susan Kihika has once again taken a swipe at the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) saying the state agency has lost direction.
The outspoken first-time senator has in the recent past been vocal on road safety especially regarding the Salgaa-Sachangwan stretch which lies in Nakuru County. The 14 KM stretch on the Nakuru – Eldoret road has in the last three months claimed over 100 lives in accidents.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Senator Kihika said NTSA had neglected its core mandate and undertaken roles for which it had no capacity to handle.
“It is sad that NTSA apparently lost direction on its core policy mandates and diverted to enforcement knowing it had neither capacity nor personnel,” wrote Susan Kihika adding that the agency was attracted by the quick money they could make through exhorting bribes from motorists.
As she castigated NTSA for overstepping its mandate, Senator Susan Kihika says that the agency was not meant to undertake enforcement but to formulate policies.
“NTSA was never formed to undertake policing and enforcement. It was to involve and consult stakeholders in the sector in order to formulate proactive policies, initiate measures and preventive strategies against accidents, regulate operators, Saccos, drivers, driving schools and others with thorough vetting, standardization, compliance and regular reviews,” says Kihika.
In the same post, the senator has faulted the NTSA for banning night travel saying this was just another knee-jerk reaction that would end up punishing Kenyans.
“Banning of night travel by long-distance public transport vehicles is double-edged and foolhardy. It will only make Kenyans suffer more. They will be overcharged and inconvenienced on travel especially the time to take children to school,” she says adding that for a country that is looking forward to being a 24-hour economy, banning night travel was a step in the wrong direction.