Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Machakos County apprehended four traffic police officers who had mounted a roadblock at Matuu, contravening orders issued by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki.
The operation to arrest these officers was initiated following a tip-off by vigilant area residents who reported the unauthorized roadblock. The DCI detectives swiftly acted on this information, proceeding to the Matuu-Mwingi road to apprehend the traffic officers responsible.
Upon their arrival at the scene, the detectives successfully arrested three of the officers, who had stationed their vehicle by the roadside. Unfortunately, one officer who was on a motorcycle managed to evade capture during the operation.
The detained officers were subsequently taken to Matuu Police Station, where they await arraignment in court. Their arrest underscores the determination of law enforcement agencies to combat corruption and malpractice within the National Police Service.
The crackdown on unauthorized roadblocks stems from concerns that these checkpoints have been breeding grounds for corruption. Reports indicate that some police officers have been collecting substantial sums in bribes from motorists, contributing to a culture of bribery and extortion.
This news has garnered widespread support and approval from Kenyans across various platforms. Many citizens have expressed their commendation for the DCI officers’ swift action in apprehending the errant traffic police officers.
One commenter, Dennis Kivuva, noted, “Especially the traffic officers from Matuu are known for collecting bribes. Their work remains either to collect bribes or threaten to arrest you.”
Another individual, Joseph Munuve, expressed satisfaction, stating, “So police officers can run in fear of being arrested? It’s sweet to imagine.”
The prevalence of bribery within the National Police Service sector has raised significant concerns, with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission revealing that it involves an alarming 82.1 percent of bribery allegations. These allegations indicate that police officers accept bribes ranging from Ksh15,396 to Ksh50,000.
Furthermore, Kenyans have reported being required to pay fees to access various police services. For instance, obtaining a police abstract is reported to cost Ksh12,890, while individuals seeking P3 forms may have to pay Ksh15,000. Those looking to recover impounded goods are reportedly instructed to pay Ksh10,570.
Addressing this issue, Head of Public Felix Koskei emphasized the urgent need to enforce policies that combat corruption within the police force. The crackdown on unauthorized roadblocks represents a step toward creating a more transparent and accountable law enforcement environment in Kenya.