The media has been barred from covering proceedings of police vetting as the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) revealed that sacked senior police officers are still receiving bribe money from their former juniors.
Speaking during the beginning of vetting of central region police officers, NPSC chair Johnston Kavuludi that the country is facing a sensitive security situation hence the media would not be allowed to cover the proceedings.
Mr Kavuludi, who did not disclose the details of the said sensitive situation, hinted that the upcoming General Elections are part of the reason.
“You can get regular briefings from the commissioners but we have decided that the media should not sit through the proceedings. We have evaluated the matter and come to a conclusion that the country is currently facing a sensitive security situation so we opted to keep it off the camera,” said Mr Kavuludi.
Ironically the chair said that members of the public are welcome to witness the proceedings.
During the exercise, commissioners noted that senior officers in the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police who were sacked during the vetting are still receiving bribes from junior officers still in the force.
They noted that despite the officers being discontinued from the service, they still receive a big share of moneys collected as bribes by junior officers.
“This is a situation we are investigating because it appears that even after being discharged they still receive bribes through their former juniors,” said Mr Ronald Musengi, a commissioner.
These dealings, the Nation has learned are being carried out through M-Pesa services through a web of corrupt officers.
The commission also noted that many officers in the rank of Traffic Base Commander, are operating a corruption syndicate with towing services operators.
The dealings are done in that the police will call an owner of the tow trucks to every incident requiring for the services, in exchange for a cut of the fees charged to motorists. The officers are said to also coerce the towing business owners to demand hefty fees to ensure that they also get a bigger share.
HUGE SUMS OF MONEY
“We have noted that owners of these tow services are sending huge sums of money to the base commanders. They do this so that they get towing jobs during accidents or when a vehicle is impounded,” said commissioner Musengi.
Also among those being investigated for corrupt dealings are driving test examiners who are also reported to receive bribes prior to the driving tests in the name of ‘passing fee’.
“Some of these examination officers receive money from people they have never met. This is one of the reasons why reckless driving is still a big problem on our roads,” said the commission chair, Mr Kavuludi.
The commission has set camp in Nyeri where it will vet 320 police officers in the next ten days. Officers from the rank of Chief inspector down to police constables will be vetted during the exercise before the commission moves on to Eastern region.