Mombasa, KENYA: The National Police Service Commission NPSC has asked Matatu owners in the Coast region to forward names of “untouchable” traffic police officers alleged to be engaging in corruption malpractices with Matatu operators.
Addressing the media after meeting the 38 representatives of matatu saccos from the six counties of the region in Mombasa, NPSC chair Johnstone Kavuludi said the officers who were named during the vetting exercises, will be forwarded to the Inspector General to face disciplinary action.
Matatu owners had earlier complained to the commission that some police officers who are in the Matatu industry collude with some matatu owners to harass the other Matatu business owners.
Coast Region Matatu Owners secretary Davis Kosgey on Thursday told the commission that some traffic police officers apart from running Matatu businesses, own breakdowns which are used to tow Matatus belonging to those who don’t cooperate with them and afterwards are charged with hefty fines.
“We are forced to pay certain amount ,we are given options,somebody has authority than you,what do you do?!”asked Mr Kosgei.
They also alleged that junior traffic police officers in most of the roadblocks are given given targets by their seniors which they have to meet at the end of the day, in terms of revenue collection.
Mr Kavuludi in his response, assured them his commission will pass the said issues to the Ministry of Transport,National Transport and Safety Authority NTSA and the Independent Police Oversight Authority- IPOA; so that action will be taken.