Kenyans on social media are calling for the disbandment of the National Transport and Safety Authority(NTSA) amid increased road fatalities in the country.
Over the last four days, at least 70 people have been reported dead in separate accidents across the country. Several others have been injured as the road carnage continues to worry Kenyans, especially during this festive season when a lot of people travel to upcountry.
Following an accident at Sachangwan blackspot on the busy Nakuru-Eldoret highway, in what eyewitnesses said was as a result of an NTSA vehicle chasing a lorry, the transport body has come under fire.
In its defense, the Authority has denied responsibility saying ‘in all the accidents human error is directly responsible.’
Meja said the NTSA branded patrol car was alerting other motorists to get out of the way after it occurred to them that the truck had lost control.
“Please do not speculate. It is irresponsible to crucify officers who are diligently doing their job,” said Meja.
Describing the accidents as unfortunate, NTSA Director General Francis Meja said it should not be expected of them to police each and every vehicle as one of their challenges is manpower.
However, Kenyans on social media are not convinced by NTSA’s efforts in ensuring road safety, and they have taken to Twitter to expose the body of flouting the traffic rules they should be upholding.
Photos of NTSA vehicles breaking the law have been shared on Twitter sparking a debate among concerned internet users.
Traffic Police and @ntsa_kenya are not concerned about ROAD SAFETY! They are only concerned about hiding in bush with speed guns and extorting money from motorists! The accidents in Sachangwan or Salgaa wont end even if Rachel Ruto pray in those places daily!
— Lloyd Onyango (@lloydOnyango) December 12, 2017
Most Careless Drivers On Our Roads.
— Real Wesonga. (@Real_Wesonga) December 13, 2017
NTSA itself is a source of traffic accidents. Needless to say how it has inherited corruption from Traffic police. pic.twitter.com/Hjq7JZOE39
— NRM Member number 1. (@EngnrDan) December 13, 2017
All must stop blaming drivers, NTSA, speeding, trucks etc for the accidents at Sachang’wan & Salgaa. The solution is one & scientific. Construct a dual carriage from Nakuru to Mau Summit junction complete with an interchange at Salgaa. pic.twitter.com/N2YKoXTc1s
— Boni Khalwale (@KBonimtetezi) December 13, 2017
— Shannie (@Salomelugard) December 13, 2017
All ntsa has ever done for road safety is to come up with stickers that covered half of the windshield.
— F (@fuwadii) December 13, 2017
NTSA are by any standards some of the worst drivers on our roads, they flout traffic rules with impunity and put so many lives in danger chasing measly bribes. The body was formed to clean, instead it has made house dirtier.
The thing should simply be disbanded. pic.twitter.com/hASlBFxl2V
— Polycarp Hinga® (@PolycarpHinga) December 13, 2017
NTSA preaching water and drinking wine. pic.twitter.com/2OqQr7Zl0f
— Ahmed Mohamed (@Asmali77) December 12, 2017