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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

ROGUE KABETE POLICE TRANSFERRED

The National Police Service has transferred traffic officers based at the Kabete base and Muthangari sub-base after allegedly manhandling and mistreating 50 motorists among them an Member of Parliament.
They were redeployed by the Deputy Inspector General Grace Kaindi following a complaint by Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama and 50 other motorists over alleged mistreatment by the police officers.
Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama, who told of the ordeal he went through on December 20 at the hands of the officers, thanked immediate-former Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo for intervening.
MP said he was on his way to Nakuru from Nairobi for Christmas with his young son and bodyguard when he was “arrogantly manhandled by traffic police.” “They were not transferred because of this one incident… several other complaints had been raised against them because they have a history of extortion and corruption,” he said.
He admitted having exceeded the required speed limit but accused the officers of “lacking courtesy.” “I was the one driving the car. My son was on the front seat while the bodyguard sat in the back when we were stopped by officers,” said Arama.
“When I stopped I saw several cars parked beside the road and thought it was a normal security operation that was going on,” he said, adding that to his “utter shock I found out the officers were collecting bribes from the motorists and the cars that were held are those of people who were unable to raise the amount demanded.”
“One of them stopped me and I pulled aside but before I even knew what was happening one of them switched off the car and took away the ignition key through the window,” the MP said. According to Arama, the officers quickly surrounded his car and soon a bitter exchange of words ensued between them.
“When I told them you do not have courtesy and manners they became furious,” he said. The MP said the other frustrated motorists came to his defence. “I didn’t have my driving licence but I showed them my job ID and national identity card but they ignored me.”
Arama, who was accused of speeding on Waiyaki Way on December 25 and failing to pay a fine of Sh10,000, is reported to have threatened the officers and warned them that they will face dire consequences. “He went to the Kabete Base Commander and complained that he was harassed.
The Base Commander informed Nairobi County Police Commander who forwarded the names of all officers stationed at Kabete Police Base and Muthangari Sub Base to the Deputy IG for action,” said an officer who sought anonymity.
“It was Kaindi who intervened and sent the Nairobi County Criminal Investigations Officer, who recorded statements from all the 50 motorists. The transfers are justified because the officers were menacingly demanding for bribes from motorists,” said Arama.