Investigations against individuals suspected to be involved in cloning of number plates and fraudulent registration of vehicles are at an advanced stage, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has said.
The CS says those found culpable will face the full wrath of the law.
“Such irregularities have a ripple effect on our national security – the recent Dusit Hotel Complex attack is a case in point,” the Cabinet Secretary noted, adding that the syndicate has eaten into the country’s overall revenue collection target.
He said it is unfortunate that the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) officers were colluding with criminals to bypass the formal licensing procedures and therefore putting the Country at risk.
Matiang’i was speaking when he met the Authority’s new board of management after the State agency was transferred to his docket in January this year.
He said there shall be no place for laggards at NTSA as the government seeks to institutionalize better road safety measures in the country.
“Our aim is to have better road manners and near zero traffic-related deaths.”
The Cabinet Secretary has now tasked the new Board of Management for the Authority with ensuring a reduction of traffic related deaths by 50 percent this year and ultimately sustain near zero deaths.
“Honest and loyal leadership is what Kenyans are demanding, and you must be directly accountable to them by enforcing all the laws ruthlessly and applying the standards without compromising,” the Cabinet Secretary emphasized.
The CS challenged them to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the Authority so as to ensure its fit for purpose and align its operations with the Government’s efforts geared towards establishing a safe road transport system.
He said: “Our statistics on road accidents do not reflect the number of roadworthy vehicles currently registered in our systems. These discrepancies imply that there could be several un-roadworthy vehicles operating after passing our inspection tests irregularly.”
Matiang’i also urged them to make a habit of getting out of office to gather first-hand information on issuance of car plates, issuance and renewal of driving licenses, and inspection of vehicles among other operations that fall within the mandate of the Authority.