Two Nairobi traffic police officers have each been handed a KSh1 million fine by the Anti-Corruption Court for taking bribes.
The cops were nabbed in a sting operation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission as they took bribes from motorists along the Thika – Kenol road in January.
The two constables, identified as Abdi Khalif and Shadrack Ngatia, are attached to Makuyu traffic base. They were arrested with KSh 14,300, which was suspected to be proceeds of bribes from various motorists.
The two Nairobi traffic police officers were convicted on Friday, September 1, when they appeared before Justice Bidali CM at the Nairobi Milimani Anti-Corruption Court.
They were charged and found guilty of dealing with suspect property c/sec. 47 (2) (a) as read with section 48(1) OF ACECA.
In addition to the Ksh1 million fine or in default, a 12-month prison sentence, each of the accused cops was further given by the court a mandatory fine of Ksh 28,600 each, or in default, a six-month sentence.
The magistrate said that the evidence adduced by the EACC investigators who arrested them proved beyond reasonable doubt that the two had been collecting bribes from the motorists.
The officers were captured on video by the commission’s surveillance team as they took the bribes from motorists.
In other news from the Anti-Corruption Court, a prominent business man has been handed a Ksh8.5 million fine for falsifying documents and registering two parcels of land belonging to the government.
David Kamunya Runo, Zipporah Wangithi Runo, Kawafalls Ltd and Dosama Holdings were charged on six counts of uttering false documents and obtaining registration of land by false pretenses.
The court was told that the land in question is a road and railway reserve along the Southern by-pass near Wilson Airport which is valued at Ksh60 million.
Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi ordered the fines to be paid within six months. Failure to do so will lead the EACC to institute civil recovery of the said fines from the two companies.
The conviction was secured through combined efforts of the EACC’s asset tracing team, evidence analysts and the prosecuting counsel.