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Rongai MP Condemns Bribery

09 May 2012, 14:10 Steve Wambugu

Rongai MP Luka Kigen has castigated traffic police officers in Mogotio for harassment of bodaboda operators and extortion.

He alleged that the law enforcers had established an extortion ring at strategic points to seize the operators’ motorcycles for allegedly contravening traffic laws.

The MP accused the rogue traffic police officers for demanding Sh. 20, 000 bribe failure to which they would end up in court and pay Sh. 35, 000 adding that the officers ask the operators to choose the bribe or the court fine.

Kigen questioned the court’s jurisdiction in Eldama Ravine that surcharges the offenders Sh. 35, 000 whereas the same offences fine at the Nakuru Law Court would range between Sh 2, 000 to Sh. 3, 000.

The MP questioned the discrepancies in the administration of justice in the two judicial stations whereas they both relied on the same constitution.

The legislator however appealed to the bodaboda operators to adhere to the Highway Code, seek relevant qualifications, insure their motorcycles and consider passenger safety measures when on the road.

Kigen appealed to the Commissioner of Police to move with speed and investigate the claims against the traffic police officers.

In a related development, the Rongai MP took a swipe at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) for purportedly drafting a peace document under the auspices of the Kalenjin and Kikuyu Elders and excluding other communities.
Kigen said that the peace document in circulation in Nakuru County does not reflect or represent the wishes, opinions and aspirations of any community.
The MP lamented that the District Peace committee and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) activities are suspect and smack clandestine.
The MP accused the NCIC Chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia and Commissioner Alice Nderitu for spearheading the process in exclusion of other commissioners especially Commissioner Lawrence Bomett who represents Rift Valley.
He said that issues of peace and integration in the cosmopolitan county must be inclusive, transparent and participatory.

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