CS Matiang’i pledges to shake up NTSA

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Interior CS Fred Matiang'i
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has affirmed that the government will reorganize and restructure the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to meet the standards set for it. Speaking at the NTSA offices, accompanied by other officials including Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and IG Joseph Boinnet, CS Matiang’i said NTSA needs restructuring, “I want to assure you very plainly we will clean up…we will reorganize this institution and we will make sure it provides the services, and regulatory function it has to fulfil to the country in the transport sector,” he said. This comes days after Anti Terrorism Police Unit officers raided the offices and arrested several officials, in connection with the Dusit complex terror attack probe after it was revealed there was a case of double registration of vehicles, and one of the vehicles was used by the terrorists. Following the arrest, seven officials were arraigned in Court and detained as investigations continue.

CS Matiang’i has apologized to Kenyans for the incident, saying he won’t be called to do that again. He said President Uhuru Kenyatta has been clear that leaders have to provide services to the people, and they will be up to the expectations to ensure NTSA is prepared and organized to be an institution that enjoys the confidence of the people of Kenya. “We can’t have been entrusted with such serious responsibility as registering vehicles and all we do is playing games without noticing the dangers they are exposing the country to,” said Matiang’i. He said they’ll go about the exercise with very little mercy. The CS is set to meet the new board on Thursday morning.