President William Ruto has reversed an order by his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta that placed the National Transport and Safety Authority under the Ministry of Interior.
In the latest Executive Order, President Ruto moved the powerful NTSA to the ministry of Transport and Roads docket.
This puts the Authority under the watch of Transport and Roads Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen.
A part from Kithure Kindiki’s Ministry of Interior that has 22 agencies under it, Murkomen’s docket is the second most influential with 20 parastatals.
In January 23, 2029 Uhuru moved NTSA to the Interior docket under Fred Matiang’i saying the move was to ensure efficiency.
“For the efficient, expedient and coordinated discharge of the function of Road Transport and Safety, it shall be undertaken by the State Department of Interior,” Uhuru said in the order dated January 21, 2019.
At that time, the transport body had suffered major public outrage due to alarming numbers of accidents on Kenyan roads.
NTSA is mandated to register and license motor vehicles, conduct motor vehicle inspection and certification and regulate public service vehicles (PSVS).
The authority is also mandated to advise the Government on national policy with regard to road transport sector, and also develop and implement road safety strategies.