A combined matatu crackdown between the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA)
officials and those from traffic officers has led to the arrest of more than 20 drivers.
Drivers arrested have either not renewed their licenses or have no valid documents as per NTSA
Adhan Adow Kuno, the Kisii Regional manager NTSA says most matatu drivers have no valid
documents but they continue to operate in the public transport sector ferrying passengers.
"We have begun a major crackdown that will go on for a couple of months. There should be no
accident during this festive season. Careless driving and accidents are as a result of not adhering
to traffic rules and regulations."
More than 1,000 matatus are operating within Kisii County. According to NTSA and traffic
officers majority of the drivers have not been able to adhere to the set rules regulations.
Evans Buluk, the Kisii Central Traffic Base Commander says they will continue to sensitize all
road users on the need to adhere to all traffic rules and regulations.
"There is a possibility of reducing the many road accidents we continue to experience in this
Country. Let us spare a minute and observe set rules. Unfortunately, some matatu owners are not
keen on who they employ to operate their vehicles."
Buluk said they will be strict on private vehicle operators during this festive season. " Let us not
lose our families because of mistakes that we could have avoided."
The officers also took the opportunity to educate all other road users on the need to observe
COVID-19 measures and protocols.
By Frank Akunga