NTSA on the spot over increased incidents of road carnage as MPs begin push for its disbandment

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,2ND JAN,2018-The national safety and transport Authority is under siege after several members of parliament vowed to push for its disbandment over escalating incidents of accidents that have claimed over 300 lives in the month of December 2017 alone.The legislatures accuse NTSA of incompetence.

The legislatures drawn from mainly the opposition    says NTSA Director-General Francis Meja  has ignored his  duty following the death of 38 people at Migaa in Nakuru County on Sunday.

Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi said he will sponsor a Bill to repeal the NTSA Act, to disband the authority following high rate of crashes in the last one month in which nearly 350 people have lost their lives.

Speaking at Kalisasi in Mwingi, the legislator said that the reason behind the formation of NTSA was to improve safety on the roads and stop killings.

“I wonder why Kenyans are still witnessing more road accidents despite the formation of NTSA,” Dr Mulyungi said.

He accused NTSA of “allowing many people to die in road crashes” without taking appropriate measures.

 

On his side  Senate Majority Leader Moses Wetang’ula said the authority should go.

“NTSA must be disbanded,” Mr Wetangula wrote in a tweet while accusing the authority of sending panic within the transport industry.

“You can’t run a 24hr economy by curtailing workers’ travel. The world is on the move.”

His counterpart in the National Assembly, John Mbadi, also dismissed the night travel ban as a knee-jerk reaction that will not address the challenges witnessed on the Kenyan roads in the last few months.

 

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