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No Christmas for NTSA Staff~Matiang’i Declares

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Tuesday toured the National Transport and Safety Authority offices over production of fake documents.

The CS was accompanied by top ministry officials.

Matiang’i read a riot act and directed them to immediately put their house in order.

“There will be no Christmas for the staff until you fix this mess. It is a shame that the authority is in the negative news all the time,” he said.

His visit came as officials said a section of staff kept off office as police went on with investigations into the alleged production of fake documents.

Detectives visited the NTSA offices on Monday and Tuesday for investigations but did not find some staff.

The officers were targeting staff working in the IT section and some managers to understand the process an applicant goes through in getting documents.

The detectives are focusing on among others, a new trend at the authority whereby forced transfer of documents happens prompting fraud.

This happens when a vehicle is taken from the owner over, among others, default of loan and sold to a new buyer.

However, for this to happen, the owner must inform NTSA, provide an original logbook, copy of ID, an affidavit and a Kenya Revenue Authority PIN, the one of the new owner and a police tape lift report.

NTSA moved the registration of vehicles online in 2017, as part of a solution to many complaints that emerged over fraud in the sector.

The Transport Integrated Management System enables applicants to register and transfer vehicles easily.

Investigations show this has continued to give room for production of cloned number plates, illegally registering vehicles whose tax has not been paid and illegal transfer of vehicles and production of fake logbooks.

Banks have raised concern with the authorities over the said fraud, which prompted the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to post detectives at NTSA.

The latest move came after over 450 genuine motor vehicle logbooks were recovered at a cyber cafe in Nairobi on December 17.

Police said some officials at NTSA are part of an organised criminal gang that is behind the syndicate hence putting the lives of many unsuspecting motorists at risk.

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