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Drivers, touts claim cops extorting bribes

By Our Reporter.

Ongata Rongai drivers and touts have complained that police extort bribes and those who do not comply are booked for alleged offences.
“Cops position themselves strategically near the Kenya Wildlife Service gates in Langata, Banda and Multimedia University areas every morning and ask drivers to pay a fee of Sh200 at every stop failure to which you are booked for an alleged traffic offence,” a driver of a vehicle that plies the route claimed.
Another driver who refused to be named said they are tired of police who never miss a day without allegedly demanding a bribe.
“When you haven’t made any money in the morning trips; you are able to talk to them so that you pay later in the day,” a tout alleged.
“If you skip to pay they waive you at the next stop point over and pin you down or arrest you for unknown reasons,” he said.
Reacting to the allegations, an officer who is always on duty at Multimedia University gate refuted the claims that they collect money for their own use, adding: “We always check those breaking traffic rules and if the vehicles are unroadworthy the offenders are booked.”

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