The Star (Kenya)

Lobby de­mands trans­fer of ‘cor­rupt’ traf­fic of­fi­cers

- MAU­RICE ALAL/A Crime · Civil Society · Human Rights · Society

civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tion has de­manded the trans­fer of traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers who have over­stayed in Nyanza and al­legedly set up busi­nesses in the re­gion.

Trans­form Em­pow­er­ment for Ac­tion Ini­tia­tive ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ge­orge Owuor said some traf­fic base com­man­ders and ju­nior of­fi­cers have been in the re­gion for five years.

Owuor said some of the of­fi­cers are run­ning side busi­nesses, thereby hin­der­ing ef­fec­tive ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“We de­mand that In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Hil­lary Mutyam­bai swiftly trans­fers th­ese of­fi­cers to help re­duce cor­rup­tion and re­store san­ity on our roads,” he said.

A se­nior po­lice officer in the re­gion said most traf­fic of­fi­cers across the ranks have worked in Kisumu for more than seven years. She said the rec­om­mended pe­riod is three years. “When that hap­pens the officer be­comes used to lo­cals, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to en­force the law and in­stead push for per­sonal in­ter­est,” she said.

Owuor on Thurs­day said Kisumu traf­fic base com­man­der Jane Mbevi has worked in Kisumu for close to 10 years.

On the Kisumu-kakamega high­way, matatu op­er­a­tors reck­lessly ig­nore the yel­low line on the dual car­riage­way, pos­ing a risk to other road users.

A sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion is at Ahero Mowuok on the Kisumu-ahero road where dou­ble park­ing by mata­tus and tuk-tuk op­er­a­tors is ram­pant. “This is un­ac­cept­able. Mbevi should move to an­other sta­tion to pave the way for a com­pe­tent officer. Mata­tus are op­er­at­ing reck­lessly in Kisumu town,” Owuor said.

He added most of the of­fi­cers are run­ning taxi, tuk-tuk, and other busi­nesses.

Owuor said the big­gest mis­take is trans­fer­ring the county and re­gional po­lice bosses while ju­nior of­fi­cers who have over­stayed and are al­legedly abet­ting crime are left. They are the ones col­lect­ing bribes, he added.

Nyanza Re­gional po­lice com­man­der Ly­dia Ligame said the mat­ter has al­ready been ad­dressed.

On Mon­day, Nyanza re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Magu Mutindika de­nied claims of nu­mer­ous po­lice road­blocks in the re­gion are meant for ex­tor­tion.

 ?? /DANIEL OGENDO ?? Nyanza po­lice boss Ly­dia Ligami and re­gional com­mis­sioner Magu Mutindika on Mon­day
/DANIEL OGENDO Nyanza po­lice boss Ly­dia Ligami and re­gional com­mis­sioner Magu Mutindika on Mon­day

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