PSV operators in West Pokot accuse police of harassment.

Boda boda riders at Makutano Junction, Kapenguria PHOTO|COURTESY

Leaders, Matatu operators in West Pokot County have protested over alleged police harassment and corruption in the ongoing PSV crackdown in the area.

The Matatu and bodaboda operators claim that the ongoing operation is an avenue by corrupt police officers to make a kill.

They were joined by Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto and several MCAs who accused the police in the area of taking advantage of the operation to solicit bribes.

The leaders said the exercise might not achieve the desired results if the obtaining situation persists.

“The youths have turned back to regressive practices and crimes in the area. The government should understand the history of West Pokot,” Moroto said.

Traffic police, Administration Police and National Police Reservists have been enforcing the traffic rules as ordered on November 12.

Moroto called on the government to extend the period for boda boda riders to comply with the traffic rules.

Peter Kachipa, the county’s boda boda association chairman, said they are asked to pay between Sh100 and Sh3,000 at the roadblocks.

“We don’t know where the money they solicit goes. They don’t issue receipts. Many people have given them money,” he said.

Kachipa added that even vehicles that have all the requirements are still compelled to part with cash.”

West Pokot traffic base commander Elijah Teeka dismissed the allegations saying those complaining have not been following the law.

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