KISUMU, Kenya, Dec 21 – Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua has directed police in Nyanza region to scale up operations in a bid to deter crime and road accidents during the festive season.
Mbugua who met police bosses in the region on Thursday urged police to heighten efforts to address concerns of insecurity challenges witnessed in the past.
“Police must ensure that there is reduction of road accidents, there is no overloading of accidents and to make sure the citizens have their Christmas and New Year with peace,” he said.
Mbugua said police officers in the region are under firm instructions to ensure unroadworthy vehicles are not allowed on the roads.
He said all police traffic commanders in the region have been instructed to enforce new guidelines by the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai who Thursday ordered officers manning roadblocks to unboard excess passengers in Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) with focus now shifting from crew members.
Mbugua emphasized any excess passengers will be forced to alight and find other alternative to their destination without inconveniencing other passengers.
He exuded confidence with the new directive saying its implementations will eradicate road accidents that have been on the rise in the days leading to the festive season.
A multi-agency team that will also include National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) has been assembled to enforce the directive, the police chief said.
Mbugua also said plans were underway to ensure more vehicles are assigned to all police posts once a court case on cancellation of tenders for the supply of police vehicles is dispensed with.
“There is a case which is before court filed by the CMC because they were not included in the tender, the case is coming up in February next year,” he said.