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Traffic police change tack in receiving bribes, Kavuludi says

Central Region traffic officers have changed tack of receiving money from using mobile money transfers to direct bank deposits to avoid detection.

This emerged on Friday during the ongoing vetting of traffic officers who were cited as notorious in colluding with tow business operators while receiving huge sums of money daily.

The revelation was made by National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Chairperson Johnston Kavuludi at Boma Inn Hotel in Nyeri.

“There are more officers in Central Kenya who have got greater access to transporters and persons operating breakdown vehicles. We have noticed that the officers receive money on a daily basis,” said Kavuludi.

“This is an inducement, a corrupt activity and unacceptable,” he added.

He said they have noted fewer transaction on mobile money transfer platforms but money in some officers’ bank accounts suggest they are not doing honest business.

The commission disclosed that hundreds of traffic offenders have not been prosecuted.

While withholding the name of a police station under investigation, Mr Kavuludi said out of 300 cases of traffic offences reported at the base, only four were taken to court.

He explained that officers were demanding bribes from matatu operators arrested for flouting traffic rules.

NPSC Commissioner Ronald Musengi accused officers operating at weigh bridges in Naivasha of allowing overloaded trucks to pass the facility.

“There is no way you can be banking Sh3,000 every day. We will require that they explain the source of that kind of money,” he noted.

The commission also hit out at members of the public for abetting corruption by giving bribes to police officers when arrested.

“If someone comes dangling a carrot to one who is in need of that carrot, the temptation would be for them to take it,” said Mr Kavuludi.

A worrying trend of junior officers in the traffic department sending huge amounts of money to their seniors was also observed in central region.

The commissioner boss noted that they would be demanding to know from the seniors the reason for receiving cash from their juniors.

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