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Activist arrested for confronting traffic police taking bribes

28 November 2014, 11:12 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - There was drama along the Nakuru-Nyahururu road on Thursday after traffic police officers manhandled and arrested a human rights activist who confronted them for soliciting bribes from matatu drivers.

The activist, Bernard Waweru, was in a matatu heading to town from Bahati when he started shouting at officers manning the roadblock outside Nakuru high school, calling them 'corrupt individuals'.

He demanded to know why the traffic police officer had taken KES 100 note that was stuffed in the driver’s license.

“We cannot continue operating like this. Why are you taking money from drivers and failing to arrest those violating traffic rules?” he posed.

He added, “You are all corrupt and all of you should be in prison. I will speak even if you arrest me.”

The activist who was seated next to the driver was confronted by three officers who were all armed before he was bundled in a waiting police van and whisked away.

Efforts by fellow passengers to rescue the activist were futile after one officer fired in the air to disperse them.

The officers later left the scene after drivers and conductors at the White House stage ganged up against them.

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