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Mutyambai responds to claims of Nyanza traffic cops keeping records of all matatus for purposes of daily bribes

In Summary

  • IG Mutyambai says the insitution is looking to make changes in the traffic department.
  • Recently, Boda Boda riders protested, claiming an officer shot dead a colleague for refusing to offer bribe.

Inspector General of police Hilary Mutyambai says body cameras are a good strategy to curb bribe-taking traffic officers.

Speaking during the #EngageTheIG forum on Monday, Mutyambai said the force has been looking to make reforms in the department.

“Police notebooks are required for record-keeping. We will do random checks along that road soon. We are also considering legislative changes to address the complaints in the traffic department. Body cameras are a good idea subject to the availability of resources,” the police boss added.

Traffic cops menace

He was responding to a citizen’s concern on officers who have been manning certain road blocks in Nyanza region, alleging that they collect daily bribes from matatus early in the morning.

“Traffic police in Nyanza carry notebooks where they have record of all matatus on a route their work is to then collect 50/= from each. Can’t you think of more technology-supported interventions to traffic policing e.g. more cameras, speed swipe card checks etc,” Benogai, a Homa Bay resident enquired.

Kenyan cops have been on the receiving end of citizens’ fury, after numerous claims of demanding bribery from motorists.

Last weekend in Kamukunji, Nairobi County, bodaboda riders took to the streets in protest after their colleague was allegedly shot dead by a police officer.

The cop had reportedly asked for a KSh50 from the deceased who declined to give it out.

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