Police commanders have been ordered to recall excess traffic officers from roads to minimize harassment of motorists by the officers.
The Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Kenya Police Service Edward Mbugua in a memo to senior commanders said that the deployment of excess traffic officers on roads is purely for personal gains.
Mbugua said the increase of traffic police officers has raised the number of complaints from motorists and yet traffic commanders has not requested additional officers.
“It has come to my attention that commanders are deploying many officers to perform traffic duties at the expense of other police duties. Due to the many officers, there are many complaints about the harassment of motorists. I have no doubts that this is happening for personal gains thus your integrity is questionable,” Mbugua said on Thursday in his memo.
The order comes amid complaints against a senior traffic police officer in Nairobi by junior officers.
The juniors accuse their boss of obtaining bribes from rogue public service vehicle operators who want to circumvent the law.
The officers claim those on traffic duties are required to send the senior traffic officer a specified amount of money via a phone number provided to them or make hand deliveries of the cash at his office.