COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

SO why are po­lice of­fi­cers at the Nairobi Rail­way Sta­tion act­ing with such mas­sive im­punity? The of­fi­cers are so bold in their ex­tor­tion that many civil­ians are left won­der­ing if the gov­ern­ment’s anti-cor­rup­tion ef­forts are bear­ing any fruit. Well, Cor­ri­dors has it that of­fi­cers from the sta­tion have made it a daily rou­tine to ar­rest trucks load­ing in the Rail­ways com­pound. The truck driv­ers are not told their of­fence. Nei­ther are they taken to court. In­stead, each crew is forced to part with a Sh2,000 fee. It’s said some trucks are some­times im­pounded more than once a day. So is the OCS aware of this law­less­ness that threat­ens to paral­yse hard-work­ing Kenyans’ busi­nesses? Well, the af­fected truck own­ers are plead­ing with In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Joseph Boin­net

(pic­tured) to use his pow­ers to end this mess.

STILL on mat­ters to do with the po­lice, a Kenya Po­lice Ser­vice lorry (Reg­is­tra­tion Num­ber GK082T), fer­ry­ing crowd-con­trol horses, was ac­ci­den­tally re­versed into one Joseph Karanja’s car (KBL 711D) in the park­ing lot of the Blu Hut Ho­tel on Park Road, Nairobi, on Tues­day evening. The mo­torist was not in his ve­hi­cle but ar­rived within sec­onds, only to find the po­lice lorry leav­ing the scene of the ac­ci­dent. He rushed to a se­nior Traf­fic cop stand­ing by the road and the lorry was promptly stopped. Karanja hopes the of­fi­cers con­cerned will cover the re­pair ex­penses, with­out hav­ing to strug­gle to make them do a de­cent job.

RE­MEM­BER the phrase “You should know peo­ple”? A for­mer city MP on Sun­day night re­fused to be searched by se­cu­rity guards at the Nairobi’s Ridge­ways Shop­ping Mall en­trance. The for­mer two-term MP for a con­stituency in East­lands was seen ha­rass­ing the se­cu­rity guards. “I have it. What do you want to search for?” he was heard an­grily telling the guards. He was re­fer­ring to his con­cealed gun. The daz­zled guards let him through the scan­ner af­ter re­al­is­ing he was not go­ing to back down as he be­gan forc­ing his way through the metal de­tec­tor to go into the su­per­mar­ket. Is this be­cause they recog­nised him and trusted him 100 per cent?

A Nairobi county ex­ec­u­tive is said to have vested in­ter­ests in garbage col­lec­tion. Those in the know say the man owns a garbage col­lec­tion firm, which he runs through prox­ies. Re­cently, he used his influence to win the garbage col­lec­tion ten­der for Lang’ata. Those who col­lect garbage in the area were told to pack up and go. It’s ru­moured his per­sonal as­sis­tant calls the shots. Sev­eral garbage col­lec­tors now want Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero to crack the whip and sack the CEC, who har­bours po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions.

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