Law should serve people, not people to serve law
03 December 2012, 14:23
The new traffic rules were to be effective from December 1st but the matatu operators began to protest against them even before this date.
Public transport has since been paralysed even after the strike was called off; the operators gave the government a 7 day ultimatum to review the laws they think are contentious.
On their part, the operators are supporting the laws but their biggest problem is with the law enforcement forces.
They are accusing the police of demanding a lot of money from them in form of bribes in case they are caught on the wrong side of the law to avoid being charged in a court of law.
This is because the new laws stipulate a hefty charge if one is found guilty and to them this will increase corruption.
The drivers and conductors feel insecure with the new laws saying that in case they commit a crime and are arrested, the owners of the vehicle will not care about their welfare.
They will instead prefer to pay a fine and have the vehicle released to releasing the driver from custody.
On the other hand, the police are promising to carry on with their duty to enforce the law, and have issued a stern warning to those who are intending to cause chaos that they will face the full force of the law.
It is a high time that we restored sanity back to our roads because losing 3 000 people yearly on road crash is painful.
Many are orphaned, disabled, widowed and a lot of immature deaths are happening on our roads.
A road crush involving two vehicles, affects passengers, two drivers and the matatu owner may not be involved!
All these can be avoided if proper and functioning laws are enforced.
President Mwai Kibaki being a victim of a road accident in 2002 signed the new traffic act bearing in mind the experience he had.
It is not ideological for a country to operate without laws, it is also not ideological when people are operating in fear because of the laid down rules.
The law is there to serve people and not people to serve the law.
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