Kenya to form special police unit to fight graft, drug trafficking
06 September 2016, 20:11
Mombasa (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced
Saturday the formation of the special police unit to deal with
corruption and drug trafficking to help stamp out the two vices at the
Kenyatta directed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Joseph Bonnet to immediately set up the independent unit.
The president said corruption and smuggling of drugs through the port
of Mombasa is threatening the existence of the port that is key to
growth of the country's economy.
He said the port's management should restore the reputation of the
port, which has consistently been accused of corruption and being a
conduit for trafficking.
Kenyatta said businessmen are colluding with police, Kenya Revenue
Authority (KRA) and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) officials to divert
containers from the port and transit cargo.
He said the government will deal firmly with corrupt government and
parastatal officials operating cartels at the port that has cost the
taxman million in revenue losses.