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Matatu operators decry extortion by traffic police

12 January 2016, 13:27 Wilshere

Nakuru - Matatu operators in Nakuru town have decried extortion by traffic police officers in the area.

The matatu operators said the officers force them to part with KES 100 at every police block.

Gibson Kamau, a driver operating with 3Ns Sacco said that he spends close to KES 300 every day to pay the traffic officers.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Kamau said the officers are only interested in collecting money on the road blocks and not inspection.

“The work of the police in this town is only to collect money and the worse part is that they normally demand it,” he said.

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Kamau said he has complied with traffic rules but still the traffic police always ask for money despite President Uhuru Kenyatta's call to end corruption.

According to managers of different Sacco’s in Nakuru town who spoke on condition of anonymity, the officers force owners of matatus that are taken to central police station to pay KES 3 000 before release.

The managers complained that some of the police officers have matatus that belong to different saccos yet they do not have all the traffic documents as required by the law.

“These police own Nissan matatus in various saccos but it is a shame they do not have all the relevant documents for their vehicles,” said one manager.

They said that constant harassment by police is hurting their matatu business.

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