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EACC nabs 11 traffic police officers over bribery

30 October 2014, 16:02 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - Drama ensued in Nakuru town after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) netted 11 traffic police officers involved in collection of bribes from the motorists through its undercover operation.

Addressing the media in Nakuru Thursday, EACC spokesman Yasin Amaro said the operation was prompted by the numerous complaints received by the commission from the motorists and members of the public.

“Our EACC sting operation team led a mission in Nakuru which has netted close to 11 traffic police officers. We had sent a surveillance team that has been recording everything they were doing on the roads,” said Amara.

He said the operation was not an impromptu one.

“This is not a one-off operation. Last time we were in Lari, Thika Road, and this time we hit Nakuru and we will go around this country until this menace of traffic police officers harassing motorists is totally out of our sight,” he observed.

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He urged the traffic police officers to stop collecting money and instead do their job, adding that their arrest is a big achievement to them.

Some of the matatu operators who thronged the Nakuru Railway police station where the officers were being grilled said the achievement was a relief for them.

David Kuria of Sunrise Matatu SACCO commended the EACC officers saying that the arrested cops should be taken to a court of law to answer to charges of corruption instead of just transferring them.

The arrests came a few days after Bahati constituency legislator, Kimani Ngunjiri, sent a letter of compliant to Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo through a correspondent dated October 27, after a traffic police officer drew a gun threatening to shoot him for confronting over bribery along the Nakuru-Nyahururu road.

The operation that was conducted early in the morning hours near Free Area, Kiti, and Eveready Roundabout netted one motorist who was giving a bribe.

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