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CFKF South Coast Branch CEO applauds
lifting of night travel ban for PSVs

Coastweek -- Football Kenya Federation South Coast Branch CEO Sumba Bwire has welcomed the lifting of night travel a ban on all long-distance night travel by public service vehicles that had been imposed by National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

Bwire termed the decision as long overdue and applauded the High Court for ending the suffrage by users of long distant passenger vehicles.

“The High Court order is a relief to the users of long distant passenger vehicles including the clubs participating in the football federation leagues.

“The decision on the lift on the night travel ban however is long overdue” said Bwire.

The High Court issued an order suspending the ban imposed on night travel after a successful application filed by activist Omkiya Omtatah.

Justice Enock Chacha Mwita last week barred the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA)  and the National Police Service from effecting the imposed night travel ban.

The Branch CEO had earlier faulted the NTSA for imposing a night travel ban without due consultation with the relevant stake holders including the football family.

Bwire had argued the ban would force the clubs participating in the football federation leagues to reschedule their travel time by compelling them to travel in advance for an extra day and spending another extra day after the match.

This would increase financial burden to community clubs through extra costs in terms of accommodation, meals and other related costs.

He described the ban as ill advised and ill timed especially coming at a time Kenya football is suffering a blow following withdrawal of sponsorship by betting firm Sports Pesa.

The top tier Kenya Premier League and the second tier FKF National Super League are set to kick off this February 2018.

On December 31st, 2017 the NTSA issued a directive restricting all travel by long distant passenger vehicles to between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. following a fatal accident at Migaa in which 30 people died.


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