The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nakuru Sacco Chief Blames Cops for Carnage

Corrupt traffic police officers are to blame for the fatal road accidents on the highways, a Nakuru matatu Sacco has said.

Stephen Muli, the chairman of the Central Rift Public Service Sacco, yesterday said bribe demands by traffic police officers compromise the enforcement of the new traffic laws.

"Even if a matatu is new and does not have any defect, the driver and conductor must part with some money to be allowed to pass through a road block," Muli said in Nakuru.

Last week, a matatu crashed into a quarry in Molo, killing 21 people. The matatu, said to have been ferrying about 30 passengers, had just passed through a police road block in Muchorwe on the Olenguruone-Molo road.

Muli warned that the new traffic rules will be rendered useless by corrupt police officers. "We have held meetings with the traffic department in Nakuru, the provincial police boss and the traffic commandant to push for change in the traffic force," he said.

Muli cautioned matatu operators against yielding to bribe demands by officers.Meanwhile, police in Nakuru have mounted a major crackdown on all unroadworthy vehicles and boda boda motorbikes. Most of these vehicles and motorbikes have shied away from the road in fear of being arrested.

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