The hunter becomes the hunted!
Greed at the Nairobi Area traffic headquarters seem to have landed two cops who would have otherwise had star-studded careers as they are charged with multiple counts of receiving bribes from PSV operators and drivers.
Ismael Kimosop was found in possession of Sh 15,000 on April 12 2017 at Railways bus terminus along Haille Sellasie Avenue, Nairobi in a sting operation following a tip off, the prosecution said.
Charles Ngumbau Mbiti was not lucky either as he fell into a dragnet on the same day ans Sh 19,400 allegedly “collected” from the crews found in his possession.
The prosecution said they had “reason to believe that the monies had been acquired as a result of corrupt conduct.”
Among the suspects is a third police officer Michael Odiwour, said to be on the run, and who has a pending warrant of arrest issued against him at an Anti-corruption court in Nairobi.
A civilian who is said to be the link-man was also charged alongside the police officers.
He was identified as Samuel Mutunga.
Conspiring to solicit bribes
They are accused of conspiring to solicit bribes by “showing favour and disfavour” to various PSV Operators and drivers at the Railways Bus terminus “…and threatening them …” with unspecified consequences if they failed to part with bribes.
The prosecution said the suspects demanded bribes “so as not to charge the said drivers with unspecified traffic offences.”
They have been released on cash bails of Sh 80,000 each pending hearing on June 19 2017.