Taxi operators protest alleged police harassment
25 October 2013, 10:37
Meru - Taxi
operators held a protest against alleged harassment by traffic officers
bringing traffic at the Meru-Kithirune highway to a standstill.
They barricaded the road demanding action from Central Imenti Police leader Sylvester Githongo.
The operators defied an order by the anti-riot police to resume operations, threatening to carry on with the protests against the police officers if the crackdown persisted.
“Harassment is so rampant to the point that taxi operators are contemplating withdrawing their vehicles from the route until the errant officers are removed from the area,” said Patrick Mworo a taxi operator from the area.
Meru Taxi Owners Association Chairman David Kithinji added that they would oppose police arrests citing that motorists who refused to give bribes were being charged with false traffic offenses. The taxi operators cited harassment and extortion by the traffic officers from Kariene Police Station.
Kenya police have been ranked as one of the most corrupt departments in the country and measures to correct the situation have been established including better salaries.
The reports coincided with a report by the international human rights group, Amnesty International, which claimed local police were among the most corrupt in the region.
The law enforcers allegedly solicit for bribes from motorists.
– CAJ News