The National Transport and Safety Authority Director (NTSA) General Francis Meja Mwangi faces the sack over graft and incompetence. Word has it,Meja is aware his days are numbered and has secretely been packing his personal belongings removing them from office. Highly placed sources revealed that the decision to send Meja, a holder of
Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Nairobi and BA in Economics and Public Administration from the University of Marathwada in India, has been finalised and will be announced any time from now. Last week, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia appointed a new board of the transport authority after the agency was rocked by claims of rampant corruption. Macharia appointed John Ndege Obwocha, Catherine Njeri Waweru, Alice Chepchumba Chesire and Francis Kiriinya under the CS’s appointees. To represent groups with special interests in the transportation industry, the CS appointed Moses Nderitu Giachemi and Meshack Kidenda. All will serve for three years. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations also arrested and presented in court NTSA staff over the probe into the 14 Riverside Drive terrorist attack that left 21 dead. Those charged included Wangocho, Stephen Kariuki, Nderitu Irving, Cosmas Ngeso, Jacqueline Githinji and Anthony Mjaka. The arrest was connected to the discovery of a Toyota Ractis in Kitengela with the same registration number – KCN 240E – as a vehicle used by the terrorists in the January 15 ambush.
Also, an ongoing court case filed by a sacked NTSA director revealed deep rot at the agency under the watch of Meja.
Documents presented in court show Transport Principal Secretary John Mosonik wrote to Meja over complaints that enforcement officers were involved in a racket of corrupt activities. The letter said NTSA officers were demanding bribes from operators whose vehicles were impounded during random checks. Already, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has promised to clean up the mess at the NTSA. “This organisation needs restructuring. I am looking forward to meeting the new board and discussing how to reorganise it to meet purpose and expectations so as to instil public confidence,” said Matiang’i. Currently the new board is looking into Meja contract and the best clause they can use to sack him.