Matatu Owners Association (MOA) decry billions of shillings they lose every year due to police bribes.
Matatu Owners Association (MOA) have come out and decried the billions of shillings they lose every year due to police bribes.
Through their chairman, Simon kimutai the matatu owners announced that the public transport sector, loses more than ksh3 billion in form of bribes to corrupt police officers annually.
This revelation came in the open during the MOA’s third National Delegates Council (NEC) meeting and exhibition held at Kenyatta International Convention Center.
“What is happening on our roads is not a case of willing-buyer, willing-seller, but extortion by police officers, it is no longer a bribe,” Kimutai told the delegates.
The matatu chairman denied reports that the public transport vehicles willingly give out bribes, but rather they are threatened by the traffic officers to pay up, failure to which trumped-up charges are labelled against them, therefore they have no option but to bribe the cops.
This is in reference to Inspector General of police, Joseph boinet and police spokesman, Charles Owino statements about corruption. Both officers have come out in recent past, to strongly defend the men in blue saying Matatu owners themselves are the one’s freely giving out bribes.
Kimutai also took issue with too many unnecessary roadblocks, which he said was an avenue police exploit to collect bribes.
“Why do we have ten roadblocks from Nairobi to Nakuru yet all they do is target public service vehicles?” Kimutai asked as quoted by the daily nation.
According to matatu operators, traffic police no longer inspect vehicles as required by the law but simply demand bribes and allow unregistered transport vehicles to operate freely resulting to deadly accidents.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority, (NTSA), statistics released in the month of October, since January 2016 already 10,937 road users have lost their lives and suffered injuries.