National Transport and Safety Authority has responded to messages claiming that one of its officers in Salgaa had died.
On their twitter handle the agency brushed off the reports as rumours advising the public to ignore. Their response followed reports that one of their officers in Salgaa had died in hospital after fatal snake bite in the bush.
That is not true. No NTSA officer has been attacked by a snake .We advise members of the public to ignore such rumors.— NTSA KENYA (@ntsa_kenya) January 9, 2018
The ‘snake bite reports’ had been swirled up when social media users took up the ‘incident’ in online conversations.
NTSA has been on the spotlight for a while now following persistent and spiralling accidents and madness on the Kenyan roads that has left hundred dead.
The body established through an Act of Parliament in 2012 was created to among several other functions harmonize the operations of the key road transport departments.
On its website, NTSA acknowledges its role “in effectively managing the road transport sub-sector and minimizing loss of lives through road crashes”.
Over time they have been on forefront on the road manning road blocks alongside police officers. But in a new twist, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered NTSA off the roads with police expected to enforce the traffic rules.
The President’s actions are likely to have been triggered by the wave of criticism levelled against the National Road Safety Authority (NTSA) in his message, he also announced that comprehensive regulations on road safety would be rolled out soon "as the Government was taking this road carnage seriously”
Following the president’s directive, the agency is now expected to provide policy guidelines.