Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary has announced that all driving schools in Kenya will be deregistered as the government steps up its efforts in curbing road accidents.
This comes after 17 people perished in a road accident on Sunday at the Thika-Garissa highway near Kilimambogo area. According to the non-sense CS, the driving schools will be deregistered and registered afresh.
“We need to know who is qualified. We are giving licenses to murderous people. How is it that we don’t review their health every year?” Matiang’i said.
Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, Matiang’i said controlling the deaths on the roads must start with the driving schools.
“NTSA will provide a criteria and frameworks to guide the driving schools. They shall have to be registered again,” he said.
“When we start getting challenges on the road we start asking about the driving schools. We cannot continue with this madness.”
“This cannot continue on our roads. Endless year in and year out stories of how we are managing ourselves on the road. It is time to act firmly,” he added.
The registration process will be effective from January to March 2018, with a team of seven currently working on the frameworks.
The CS said the government is also reviewing the traffic police department to make sure that it works effectively.
“It’s time to work fast and decisively. We are reviewing the entire department and it is ongoing,” he said.
He added: “It is frustrating that 127 officers who were kicked out of the department went to court and came back with orders to stop this.”
Matiang’i called on Courts to respect decisions made at the department.
“Who is serving whose interests here … we cannot work like this. Judiciary should also know that they live in this country,” he said as quoted by The Star.
“You get an order saying that the officer should be reinstated, so then what do we do? We will look at other ways of dealing with this issue.”
He said the judges and magistrates also drive on the roads and can easily be killed by the people who they give court orders.
“Decisions taken by police must be respected [they should] not [be] telling us about the rights. And we are going to have a discussion with the Judiciary on this matter,” he added.
The latest road accident brings to over 170 the number of people who have lost their lives through road carnage in this month alone.
The road safety authority put the death toll at 150 as at December 14.