• The Association suing through its chairman David Kiarie wants the National Transport Safety Authority directed to raid and impound vehicles with the help of the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
• Also sought is an order directing the IG to allocate sufficient traffic police officers to NTSA for purposes of conducting their functions jointly.
The Road Safety Association of Kenya has filed a case at the Milimani Law court seeking to have NTSA ordered to resume their duties and conduct patrols owing to the alarming increase of road accidents in Kenya
The Association suing through its chairman David Kiarie wants the National Transport Safety Authority directed to raid and impound vehicles with the help of the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.
Also sought is an order directing the IG to allocate sufficient traffic police officers to NTSA for purposes of conducting their functions jointly.
Kiarie through Lawyer Jacob Okoth argues there is an alarming increase in accidents on Kenyan roads with the current number of deaths at 4,000 persons since January this year.
“But prior to NTSA’s removal from the road by President Uhuru Kenyatta, deaths on the roads were on the decline, but they have now increased exponentially,” he says.
According to the court documents, many of the said deaths through road accidents are avoidable but the government has made it its duty not to expeditiously and diligently avert the said deaths.
Kiarie cites an incident that occurred at Kivwe Village in Embu where 15 members perished on the road and scores got injured when a bus that had been condemned by NTSA as unroadworthy caused the accident.
This happened on November 16 this year.
Similarly cited is the December 4 case where 30 people perished by road accident in Mwingi county.
The bus was swept off a bridge while overloaded beyond its recommended capacity.
“Had NTSA been on the road the said accident could have been avoided as there would have been compliance with the set road safety measures. The removal of NTSA from the roads and limiting their functions and duties under the NTSA Act, the state has breached the right to life of the 15 victims of Embu county,” he says.
The association membership comprises members who are dealers in speed limiters and seatbelts.
Those sued are CS Transport, CS Interior, NTSA, Inspector General of Police, the county government of Embu, Ketnno Sacco, Nyaga Njeru and the Attorney General.
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