Nairobi traffic cop filmed collecting bribes from PSVs suspended

A traffic police officer who was filmed allegedly collecting bribes from Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) within Nairobi’s Buruburu area has been suspended.

In a statement on Friday, the National Police Service (NPS) said that they had begun disciplinary proceedings for the officer’s dismissal from the Service.

This came after a viral video emerged online showing the officer appearing to receive what is believed to be bribes from several vehicles plying the route.

The officer based at Buruburu Police Station, can be seen in the video clip collecting bribes from at least six matatus while directing traffic at B Centre area in Umoja.

“The Officer, attached to Traffic within Buruburu Police Station, has been suspended from Traffic Police Unit with immediate effect, and proceedings for his dismissal are ongoing,” NPS said in a statement on Friday.

“The National Police Service takes this opportunity to commend members of the public and Members of the Press for their continued collaboration with NPS in the fight against corruption.”

The dismissal comes just a day after the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome said that corruption on Kenyan roads is not something new and defended his officers telling them that they shouldn’t be intimidated and do their work.

“I’m telling my officers to work and have clear instructions to work. They should not be intimidated that they are the most corrupt in the country,” he said.

On Tuesday, Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen dismissed claims his officers are to blame for the rising cases of road accidents that have claimed hundreds of people in the last three months.

He said all Kenyans have a responsibility to observe traffic rules and asked the public to review their role in averting the accidents.

“It has to be everyone’s concern. It’s sad that in the last three months alone, we have seen 470 pedestrians, 105 pillion passengers and 300 riders die because of recklessness on our roads,” he said.

Instead, Murkomen told the public to direct their fury to the Traffic police department and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), saying that both agencies are responsible for road safety.

“So many people are obsessed with the Transport Cabinet Secretary, every time anything happens, they ask, where is the minister? People even enter into an overloaded vehicle and they take videos and pictures and ask, where is Murkomen? He has failed. Murkomen has failed,” CS Murkomen wondered.

Latest data from NTSA reveals that at least 1,213 people have died on the road in the past three months.


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