Don't ban graffiti on Matatus, Sakaja tells NTSA
01 February 2016, 13:03
Nairobi - An MP wants the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to reconsider the directive outlawing the painting of graffiti on matatus and other Public Service vehicles (PSVs).
Nominated MP, Johnson Sakaja who is also the TNA party chairman said the order by NTSA is ill-advised and will lead to loss of hundreds of jobs among young people in the graffiti industry.
Speaking to News24, Sakaja faulted the road safety authority for coming up with the decision without consulting relevant stakeholders and even youth leaders.
“NTSA should embrace dialogue on this as the graffiti business has employed thousands of young people. It is the policy of Jubilee to create employment not to render our youth jobless,” he said.
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“As chairman of TNA, I will ensure that young people who are using their talent to earn a living are not harassed,” he added, noting that he has no problem with NTSA cracking down on matatus with loud exhaust mufflers and blaring horns which he pointed out as reasonable.
The authority a week ago started a crackdown on PSVs that do don’t conform to all the regulations governing the industry.
NTSA singled out the use of excessive graffiti and paintings on the body of vans as among the breaches of the law, as it emerged that some matatu sacco names are obscured by the same.
However, during the launch of the crackdown last Monday, NTSA Director General Francis Meja clarified that matatu owners are allowed to use innovative decorations, including pictures, words and symbols as long as they should not be offensive or have reflective properties.
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