President William Ruto has dismissed another executive order by the former president.
On Monday 9th January 2023,Ruto has rejected Uhuru Kenyatta’s latest Executive Order No. 1 of 2023.
In the directive, Ruto has moved the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to Transport Ministry from the Interior docket.
Uhuru had moved NTSA to the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination in 2019 through signing an Executive Order.
“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,” the order dated January 21 read.
NTSA had then been under the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development.
Uhuru issued an order to withdraw NTSA officers from the roads and have traffic police as custodians of their duties.
“From now onwards, NTSA officers will not be on the roads as the responsibility to enforce the traffic regulations lies squarely on the police. Let police ensure that all rules are adhered to,” Uhuru ordered.
All along the authority had been clashing with the police on who should man the roads. However this changed in February 2022 following a court ruling when NTSA suspended seven key services from its platform.
SO, NTSA noted that it was stopping the licensing of driving schools, renewal of driving school licenses and the licensing of driving school instructors.
Other services suspended were the renewal of driving school Instructor’s licenses, Provisional Driving License (PDL) applications for driver trainees, test booking for driving school instructors and driver trainees and the testing of driving school instructors and driver trainees.