Two of the three traffic police officers arrested by EACC detectives for soliciting for bribes from motorists. PHOTO | COURTESYTwo of the three traffic police officers arrested by EACC detectives for soliciting for bribes from motorists. PHOTO | COURTESY
By HILARY KIMUYU

Three traffic police officers have been arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives in a sting operation on Thursday.

According to EACC Spokesman Yassin Amaro, the three were allegedly found taking bribes from motorists on the Kajiado-Namanga highway.

“We have been receiving complaints from the public and we decided to mount a surveillance,” said Amaro.

He said they set up video cameras, which recorded the errant police officers in engaging in activities contrary to the traffic rules.

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Mr Amaro added that the officer were arrested after just one hour of surveillance and they were found with four thousand shillings.

“After just one hour of surveillance, some four thousand shillings was recovered from them. Easily calculated to imply they collected an average of Sh40,000 per day which adds up-to Sh1.2 million per month in that section of the road alone,” he added.

During the sting operation, one officer was captured on video dancing after he had received his bribe.

Another police officer who tried to escape using a getaway vehicle after they were nabbed ended up crashing the vehicle in to a tree.

Mr Amaro said the arrest police officers will be arraigned in court next week.

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