The government has pledged to work closely with bus owners and other public transporters to improve security along Malindi-Lamu road
The Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata said it is imperative for transporters to co-operate with police to eliminate terror attacks, drug trafficking and other criminal activities.
Elungata said the government has put in place necessary security measures to ensure safety of passengers, bus owners and traders operating along Garsen-Lamu road.
Elungata urged bus owners to introduce vetting process for all its employees to avoid recruiting those with criminal background.
“Some of the people you have employed are working for terror groups and drug traffickers,” he disclosed.
He said it was the wish of the government to see bus owners and other traders conduct their business in a safe and peaceful environment.
On his part, Coast regional police commander Rashid Yakub called on the public transporters to desist from giving bribes to police officers manning road blocks.
[From left; Coast Police Commander Rashid Yakub, Lamu Transporters spokesperson Ali Bates and Coast regional Commissioner John Elungata. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
“You should report any police officer demanding for a bribe or engaging in any unlawful activity for immediate action,” he noted.
He added that police have increased escort for public transport along the route from two to four vehicles to ensure the safety of passengers and public transport operators.
Yakub urged bus owners and operators to help police in the fight against drug trafficking and report any suspected passenger or risk losing their licenses.
The transporters called on the government to reduce the number of road blocks which they said were not only inconveniencing passengers especially women and children but also serve as avenue for corruption.
three people were killed and three other seriously injured after three buses belonging to Mombasa Raha, Simba Coach and TSS bus companies were attacked at Nyongoro area along the Garsen-Witu-Lamu road.