In a shake-up aimed at rejuvenating the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has relieved six board members of their duties and appointed six new members to the board. The changes, effective February 10, 2023, are expected to bring new ideas, perspectives and solutions to the forefront as the NTSA works towards its mandate of ensuring the safety and efficiency of the transport sector in Kenya.
The six outgoing members are Catherine Njeri Waweru, Alice Chepchumba Chesire, Francis Kiriinya Mwongo, Meshak Kidenda (Eng), Mithamo Muchiri and Wilfred Okemwa. They will be succeeded by Nimo Omar Haji, Carol Oduor, Richard Munyao, Simon Kalekem, Ephraim Karimi Macharia and Charles Nyabuti.
The new appointees bring a wealth of experience and expertise in areas such as transport management, policy formulation, engineering and advocacy. They will serve in the NTSA board for three years, a crucial period that will see the transport sector navigate the impact of the pandemic and focus on sustainable growth.
In a separate development, President William Ruto has appointed Aden Noor Ali as the chairperson of the NTSA board of directors. Ali, who vied unsuccessfully for the Mandera governorship in 2022, brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous appointment as a member of the Transport Licensing Appeals Board.
The appointment of Ali marks a new chapter for the NTSA and signals a renewed commitment from the government to enhance the transport sector in Kenya. The outgoing chairperson, Agnes Odhiambo, was appointed by President Ruto’s predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta in 2020.