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Matatu driver detains traffic police for soliciting bribe

28 January 2016, 15:06

Nairobi - The driver of a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) belonging to Nazigi Sacco on Wednesday detained a traffic policeman who was demanding KES 10 000 bribe from him.

The matatu was on Thika Super highway when the policeman flagged it and then started asking for cash.

According to the driver, the cop did not state why he had flagged them.

After holding the driver and his conductor for more than one hour, The Star reports that the driver decided to give him KES 2 000.

The matatu crew then mobilized their colleagues who blocked the road, forcing the officer to run for his life.

Read Also: Kenya among the most corrupt countries globally, report shows

Traffic police have been listed as the most corrupt government department, with reports indicating that the officers now collect bribes using M-Pesa to avoid the anti-graft sting.

The officers force matatu drivers to part with KES 1 000 – KES 3 000, collecting an average of KES 300 000 daily in bribes.

Following the introduction of mobile courts, other officers have also been reported to forge the mobile court receipts and pocket all fines collected.

The mobile courts were introduced in order to restore sanity on the roads by giving instant sentences to traffic offenders. 

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