Kenya traffic police officers confessed sending cash to some their top ranked bosses on weekly basis.
A traffic officer, Samson Kipkulei Ayabei, based in Kitale told the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) during vetting exercise that he was instructed to be sending Sh3,000 to the OCPD weekly.
The officer revealed that act of sending money to their top official was the in-thing in their office as he recalled how in 2012 it became a tradition for officers to send money to then Webuye OCPD Allan Willy every Friday
“Let me be honest. When I was transferred to Webuye my then base commandant told me that every Friday I had to send Sh3,000 to the OCPD. This was the culture I found in the station,” he said.
When questioned by the vetting panel on the source of the monies they send, he replied by saying he removed it from a welfare fund they formed with 12 colleagues.
“We know what has been happening in the Traffic Department where junior officers send money to their seniors every Friday. We have this information and you should be candid enough and tell us what was happening with this transfers,” NPSC commissioner Ronald Musengi told the officer.
According to Mr Ayabei’s Mpesa statement, Sh25,000 is usually sent to the OCPD in nine transactions and another 17 transfers to Traffic base commander Abubakar Mwanawasa.
Similar to Ayabei’s confession, Jacob Mugaya Minade, a Ntulele sub-county Sergent told the panel he was forced to send money to his seniors while serving in Nakuru before he was transferred to Narok.
Report from the NPSC also had it that Mr Minade sent Sh54,810 to former Nakuru Police boss Johnston Ipara in 28 M-Pesa transactions.
NPSC chair Johnston Kavuludi asked the officer to explain what the money was meant for and in reply he said the money was used to fund construction of a perimeter wall at the Central Police Station and purchase a generator.
“I sent the money to my boss because there are several projects that were being worked on, including construction of a perimeter wall, extension generator and stationary,” said Minade.
The officer was however taken to task for sending Sh9,800 to the former Rift Valley Traffic Enforcement officer Mary Omari. There, he the move saying officers have chamas where they contribute money and send to anyone facing a challenge.
Lawyer Ngetich Kipkoech representing the Law Society of Kenya asked him to name any officer who was helped while sick, but Minade said he could not remember their names.
Corruption and abuse of power stand as two key issues the Kenyan government struggle to get rid off the Kenyan system.
Kenya is labelled the third most corrupt country in the world following a survey on prevalence of economic crimes released in Nairobi this year.
Nonetheless, the government is at its best to ensure that different Kenyan department is free from the bites of corruption that has given the country a bad name.