Officers turn police vehicle into a matatu, charge double fare from passengers

They were caught red-handed!

A police patrol vehicle ferrying passengers Nakuru along Marigat - Nakuru road on Monday

The Standard followed police officers from Marigat who used their police patrol vehicle to carry at least ten passengers from the Marigat bus station to Nakuru town at double the normal fare.

Commuters ordinarily pay Sh200 for the 100-kilometre journey but the officers charged Sh400 in one of the most blatant cases of corruption.

Reporters who followed the Land Cruiser with registration number GKB 689, later informed the Rift Valley Regional Police Commander Francis Munyambu who condemned the officers’ actions.

“Police vehicles are meant for official duties and not for conducting transport business. We are investigating the matter and action will be taken against officers involved,” Munyambu said.

The incident comes even as a section of the public remained skeptical on the ongoing crackdown of vehicles that have not complied with Michuki rules.

Former Presidential candidate Abduba Dida is among those who called on the government to first address corruption in the police service before cracking down on passengers and matatu operators.

“It is a good thing to implement Michuki rules but can we maintain them? To implement something, you use a strategy not an order. The same police officers who are now arresting operators all over the country are the very same underpaid ones who will be taking bribes tomorrow,” Dida said in a statement published on his Twitter account.

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