NTSA too fee­ble to con­trol ‘chaotic’ matatu sec­tor

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

Given the chaotic sec­tor that has be­come Pub­lic Ser­vice Trans­port, a Face­book user posted a photo of a pimped up matatu. He seemed to ap­plaud it for cross­ing over a land­scaped di­vider into the op­po­site lane. Most users con­demned the post, ac­cus­ing the matatu sacco it be­longed to of reck­less driv­ing and pas­sen­ger ha­rass­ment by the crew. How­ever, in de­fence of the rot in the in­dus­try, one so­cial me­dia user, who ap­par­ently works in the in­dus­try, at­trib­uted the rush to the high tar­gets set by em­ploy­ers. This shows that de­spite ef­forts by the NTSA to re­store san­ity in the in­dus­try, those at­tempts are too sub­tle to be felt. Some­time back, the au­thor­ity came up with the ubiq­ui­tous ‘zusha’ stick­ers, which en­cour­age pas­sen­gers to openly speak up against care­less driv­ing. Sadly, the stick­ers didn’t have con­tact in­for­ma­tion. That’s what these ef­forts are. In­ef­fec­tive.

KEVIN OWINO Maseno Univer­sity

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