Mombasa, KENYA: A traffic police officer on Thursday told the vetting panel that he was in a relationship with a business woman who he engaged with in Charcoal business in Kwale, because his wife was far away.
Senior sergeant John Sebastian Maloba who is stationed in Kwale-Diani admitted to the vetting panel that he runs the business with the woman who was only identified as Sophie, despite being illegal.
“Forgive me sir,but now I have quit from illegal business,”Maloba told the panel.
“What value were you adding to the woman in business?”commissioner Murshid Mohammed asked the officer
“It was a matter of survival sir,but I am defending my country,”Mr. Sebastian added.
The panel also discovered the officer could receive sh. 4000 daily through M-pesa from his junior officers.
The officers mentioned are police constable Hassan Omar,Solomon Ndambuki and Joshua Kemei all working under him in Diani.
Another officer who had a hard time in explaining her wealth to the panel is Seargeant Monica Chebet who is currently stationed at Voi.
Miss Chebet who earns a salary of sh. 40,000 according to the panel, could not explain clearly how she acquired a house worth sh 3 million that is under construction in Uasin Gishu county.
In her defense, the officer told the panel she used to do maize and milk business in her home.
The 10-day vetting exercise which started on Tuesday to vet 238 traffic officers in the Coast, continues at the Kenya School of Government in Mombasa for officers who have been in the department since 2012.