Team set up to probe graft in matatus

Wednesday April 8 2009

By NATION Reporter

A task force was formed on Wednesday to investigate complaints by matatu (public service vehicles) operators of alleged corruption and harassment by Kenya's traffic police officers.

Internal Security minister George Saitoti formed the team that will be led by his permanent secretary, Mr Francis Kimemia.

The taskforce includes the Attorney-General, Transport and Local Government PSs, Nairobi Town Clerk, the Commissioner of Police, the Traffic Commandant and 11 matatu industry representatives.

Assess issues

The joint committee will investigate allegations of corruption against the police and assess all the issues raised by the Matatu Welfare Association.

It will also make recommendations that will ensure that all stakeholders work in harmony.

The commissioner of police was instructed to take appropriate action against any officer who may have engaged in corrupt activities.

The government promised to crack down on illegal gangs who extort money from matatu operators.