Police Officers' Salaries Slashed By Half Over Leaked Video

  • An armed Kenya police officer steps out of a police car.
    An armed Kenya police officer steps out of a police car.
  • Two police officers in Kwale have been forced to take home reduced salaries after a leaked video clip exposed their devious ways.

    According to a report by K24 TV on Tuesday, April 21,  salaries of the officers, Simon Peter Lumiti and Joash Miroro Kebande, were reportedly halved after a video clip captured them soliciting for bribes.

    The two, who were said to be attached to the Kwale Police Station, had been caught bargaining with a civilian over a bribe payment while on patrol.

    They had been deployed at Ngombeni area of Matuga Sub-County to enforce the partial lockdown after it took effect on April 8, 2020. 

    A police vehicle at a scene of a crime
    A police vehicle at a scene of a crime

    They had allegedly been tasked with the role of patrolling porous routes heading to Mombasa County.

    In the clip that is said to have been taken on Saturday, April 18, the officers allegedly tried to negotiate with suspects with the aim of setting them free.

    Coast Regional Police Commander Rashid Yakub, however, failed to confirm the punishment preferring not to comment over the phone when contacted by Kenyans.co.ke.

    The two handed over their state-assigned kits on Monday, April 20, as a probe into the incident was launched.

    Ever since the dusk-to-dawn curfew was ordered, several police officers have been indicted for several malpractices including including bribery and assault.

    Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, on Tuesday, April 14, ordered the arrest of a police officer caught on camera while demanding a bribe at gunpoint.

    The footage of the police officer drawing his gun on charcoal vendors emerged on Monday night, April 13, sparking an uproar.

    The video that was reportedly shot in Magarini (an electoral constituency in Kilifi County), shows two boda boda operators ferrying charcoal ganging up and try to rough up the police officer who swiftly pulls out his gun.

    "Nipe pesa! (Give me the money),"  he repeatedly demands as a standoff that last several minutes ensues.

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