President Ruto Announces Transfer of National Transport and Safety Authority to State Department of Transport

As part of a government reorganization, President William Ruto has issued an executive order transferring the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) from the Ministry of Interior to the State Department of Transport. The NTSA is responsible for regulating and managing the transport sector in the country. The reorganization also includes the appointment of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to oversee reforms in the coffee sector and the establishment of the Government Delivery Services agency, which will be led by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi.

NTSA was established in 2012 through an Act of Parliament and has played a key role in improving road safety in Kenya. In 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a directive limiting the role of NTSA officers to motor vehicle inspections and technical support for traffic police, after controversy arose over the deployment of the officers on the roads.

The transfer of NTSA to the State Department of Transport is expected to enhance coordination of services, as key stakeholders such as traffic police and prisons, which produce vehicle number plates, are already under the ministry. The move is also in line with President Ruto’s commitment to improving the efficiency of government agencies and delivering better services to the Kenyan people.

In addition to his responsibilities in the coffee sector, Deputy President Gachagua has also been tasked with dismantling cartels in the coffee, tea, and milk subsectors. This follows the President’s vow to take decisive action against these groups in the coming year. The creation of the Government Delivery Services agency, led by Prime Cabinet Secretary Mudavadi, is another step towards improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Kenyan government.

Ultimately, these changes are likely to have a positive impact on the transport sector and the broader economy in Kenya. The increased coordination and improved management of key government agencies are expected to lead to better outcomes for the country’s citizens and businesses.


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