Transport sector "trained" to deal with terrorism
27 May 2014, 20:55
Nakuru - Matatu industry stakeholders from Nakuru County were given training on how to cope during a terror attack as insurgents shift their focus onto soft targets like the transport sector.
The one-day workshop organized by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and facilitated by experts from the CID headquarters’ Bomb Disposal Unit saw Nakuru become the second county ,after the first demonstration held in Nairobi.
Eliud Langat, the deputy head of Bomb Disposal Unit said it is imperative to be vigilant as terrorist have shifted from the known places to other soft targets as witnessed in the recent blasts at PSV busses in Nairobi and Gikomba market.
“Incidences such as Thika, Eastleigh and Pangani are some of the examples to awaken us and make everywhere in our environment a hard target, and this is why we are carrying out this exercise across the country to ensure that we save the extensive matatu industry and generally transport,” Lang’at told the stakeholders.
The matatu owners and employees comprised of touts, drivers and SACCO office officials were asked to invest more time in frisking their passengers to avoid loss of lives.
He reiterated the need for matatu owners and SACCO officials to invest in special and quality gadgets for frisking as those manufacturing improvised explosives were keen on evading metals that can be detected by metal detectors.
On his part, NTSA chairman Lee Kinyanjui said the government will make it mandatory for matatu operators to carry out frisking on their passengers to curb the menace, adding that the matatu sector plays a vital role in Kenya’s economy.
He further said the authority would work closely with the county commissioners across the 47 counties to enhance awareness on how to handles such issues in the matatu terminus, and at the same time come up with a coordinating unit every county.
The initiative came after three people were killed and over 60 left wounded when blasts happened in two buses full of passengers along the Thika Road in Nairobi.
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