A National Super Alliance (NASA) leader has called for a reconstitution of the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
NASA co-principal Moses Wetang’ula said on Wednesday (13/12/2017) NTSA chiefs should leave office following recent wave of fatal road accidents witnessed in the country.
According to Mr Wetangu’la, NTSA should be held responsible for causing the accident that claimed the lives of over 30 people at the Sachagwan black spot along the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway on Tuesday.
“The CEO’s act of justifying his officers action is reckless and if he cannot reconsider his position he should be sacked forthwith because he has proved time and again to be unable to handle his responsibilities,” said Wetang’ula.
Wetang’ula challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta and relevant authorities to work and prevent road carnage.
“The President should act and Kenyans want to see action. The President should steadily act and save lives of Kenyans and go back to what the late Michuki did to bring sanity to our roads and within two months, Kenyan matatu operators and drivers as the most disciplined in this country,” the Bungoma Senator said.
Over 30 people were killed on Tuesday in a 13 vehicle pile-up on the black spot during Jamhuri Day celebrations.
Police at the scene said the accident was caused by a lorry driver attempting to evade NTSA agents.
NTSA, however, refuted police reports that its officers caused the deadly accident.
NTSA boss Meja said his officers had actually prevented more deaths.
He said one of the officers tried to control oncoming vehicles by directing them off the road.
“But unfortunately those coming from the other direction suffered most as a result of a corner just few metres from the accident scene.
“If you look at the distance where our vehicles were stationed at that time, it is just 500 metres and there is no way the truck would have gained such momentum … We therefore ask the public to stop such speculations,” Meja stressed.
“It would be horrible to crucify officers who are diligently doing their work without verifying the information. Just because our fleet was few meters to the scene it should not be perceived that it was pursuing the truck,” he added.
The horrific crash involved a Modern Coast bus, a Great Rift Valley matatu and a private car among other vehicles.