BY ALFAYO OTUKE
In books government agencies should work together under collective responsibility norm. In practice this doesn’t happen. For instance when it comes traffic matters, Police behaves as if they are small god’s in a world of their own. They’re instant bullies more lethal than school bully of yesteryear’s.
In nutshell police and NTSA should work seamlessly as one to give impetus to road safety and security. On the contrary both fight for superiority, recognition and pride often confusing members of the public as to who does WHAT.
Although we have big headed drivers on our roads, that does not eliminate the fact that police are a disciplined force. They’re trained and qualified.
It’s pure nonsense for police to chase a vehicle or vehicles on busy roads or even any road over a traffic offense. All motor vehicle are registered with particulars of the owners with government. If a driver drives away disobeying orders of police he or she can be tracked down using available data at NTSA no matter how long it will take. They can also use HUDUMA number to pin point the suspect.
But Kenyan police prefer instant justice of chasing the traffic offenders leading to fatal accidents and serious injuries. This is purely unprofessional conduct on the part of police. Police have an option of circulating the number plate of the fugitive driver to other agencies to help track down the offender with a lot of easy to avoid chasing.
MOST OFTEN THEY CANT SHARE THE INFORMATION TO OTHER AGENCIES PREFERRING A CHASE. BUT WHAT MOTIVATES POLICE TO CHASE MOTORISTS?
Your guess is as good as mine.!!
Recently in Kisii County, two people passed away and several others were injured after a police Land Cruiser, that was in pursuit of a matatu, rammed into a crowd at Itumbe market in Kisii County on Tuesday night at around 9.
Eye witness accounts noted that the vehicles were moving at very high speed at the time of the accident.
One of the victims died on the spot while the other succumbed to his injuries at Lenmek hospital
It’s very unfortunate that a police officer who is informed about traffic rules can drive in such a careless way.
This is not the first incident in the area that involved police officers.
In 2018, enraged protesters engaged police in running battles over the alleged killing of a bus conductor by a police officer at a roadblock.
The tout was allegedly hit by a gun butt when their vehicle failed to stop after it was waved down at a roadblock.
A primary school pupil was shot and injured during the chaos that ensued.
TRAFFIC POLICE YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW AND TIME IS FAST COMING WHEN THE HUNTER WILL BE BECOME THE HUNTED.
Mr. Otuke is a Road Safety awareness expert