Govt Cracks Whip on More Than 120 Traffic Officers

  • Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.
    Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, NTSA issued a warning to motorists.
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  • The National Police Service (NPS) purged over 120 traffic officers countrywide by recalling them from major highways

    A notice dated Wednesday, January 27, which was sent to various police stations detailed the changes. 

    Some of the counties which were affected were Nairobi, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Kajiado, Kericho, Nandi, Trans-Nzoia and Laikipia. 

    The law enforcers were reshuffled, with some deployed back to their stations and others posted to other counties. They were also tasked with undertaking general duties.

     Cars in traffic along Uhuru Highway, Nairobi
    Cars in traffic along Uhuru Highway, Nairobi
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    Sources within NPS claimed that some of the traffic officers were accused of being indiscipline. 

    Traffic officers who were left to operate on major highways were ordered to observe rules and desist from manning static roadblocks. 

    Several traffic officers have been arrested red-handed while taking bribes on major roads in crackdowns led by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Official (EACC). 

    Two police officers from the Tourist Police Unit in Bamburi, Mombasa County, were arrested on January 5 following allegations that they were part of a scheme that extorted Ksh 106,000 from a foreigner.

    In December 2020, former Kabete Divisional Criminal Investigating Officer (DCIO) Henry Ngugi Njeru was sentenced to one year in prison for soliciting Ksh 50,000 as a bribe. 

    A few months prior to the incident, a daring passer-by stole bundles of notes collected by traffic officers in Embu County. A male officer stationed at the roadblock attempted to chase after the looter but gave up when a crowd gathered at the scene.

    Traffic officers have also been accused of manhandling motorists on highways. 

    A police officer carrying out a security operation.
    A police officer carrying out a security operation.
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