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Corrupt traffic police officers put on notice

19 September 2013, 23:30 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi - Interior and coordination of National government cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku has warned Corrupt Police traffic officers and rogue drivers saying that the government will deal with them firmly.

Speaking during the tenth annivasary of the Matatu Owners Association (MOA) in Nairobi on Thursday, Ole Lenku instructed the Inspector General of police to arrest 'boys' who are found taking bribes saying stern action will be administered to the law offenders. He also warned that those caught will be treated as normal citizens.

At the same time, Lenku said that the government is committed to work with Saccos to weed out the undesirable ones that have transformed themselves into cartels eating into the gains that the sector has achieved for long.

He urged matatu owners to form Saccos in order to restore sanity in an industry that has lost its credibility.

He lamented that cases of road accidents are caused by rogue drivers who are interested in making gains, making the country lead the pack in the region in high number of casualties citing the recent Narok - Ntulele crash where 41 innocent Kenyans lost their lives.

"We must ensure strict adherence to work ethics by drivers, conductors, traffic department and matatu owners. Drivers must at all times get enough rest before embarking on long journeys," said Ole Lenku.

He instructed matatu owners to properly and regularly check their vehicles and employ qualified drivers who are of sound mind.

"All Public Service Vehicles must be fitted with serviceable speed governors, ensure compliance with loading, compliance with traffic rules and regulations as well as facilitate periodic medical check ups for the staff particularly drivers and conductors," He added.

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