The National Police Service Commission on Tuesday announced the dismissal of 127 officers out of the 904 traffic cops vetted in four regions across Kenya.
Of the officers dismissed, 50 were from Rift Valley, 36 from Coast, 23 Western and 18 from Nyanza.
The commission’s chairperson Johnston Kabuludi said they chose to vet the traffic department due to the public perception of it being the most corrupt in the police service.
“Many people perceive that what happens in the traffic department is what happens in the rest of the police service, which is why the commission focused on traffic officers.
“The commission is determined to help the government fight corruption. We are not conducting vetting with ill motives… the process is intended to determine competence and skills within the police service.”
The number of traffic cops dismissed is set to rise specifically from the coast region.
BuzzKenya learned that twenty-one more traffic officers from the Coast are facing dismissal a day after 36 of their colleagues were fired. Another 26 were also let go after they opted not to be vetted.
Our sources confirm that among those facing possible dismissal is Bamburi traffic base commander Abubakar Bakari. His vetting found him to be worth KSh 50 million.
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Three senior traffic police officers who were in charge of main stations in coast were also among the 36; Nyali Traffic Base Commander Solomon Njuguna, Chief Inspector Shem Omollo of Mombasa Central police station and Inspector Lucy Murithi of Likoni.
“This is a clear demonstration of the endemic vice of corruption in the traffic department,” Kabuludi said.
The chairperson further added that the commission would be embarking on the vetting of traffic cops in Eastern, North-Eastern, Central and Kajiado.
Vetting results for traffic cops in Nairobi will also soon be released by the commission.