Matatu Welfare Association has accused traffic police of killing transport sector by collecting bribes from public service vehicles. The association said the vice was being abetted by city county, askaris commonly known as kanjo, who equally demand their cut from the sector, leaving operators with very little money to survive on.
According to the Association chairman Dickson Mbugua, the police and county askaris were robbing PSV operators of their hard-earned income. At the same time, they said the government should consider legalizing bribes on Kenyan roads and proceeds be channeled to other sectors and even NGOs to help the poor.
He regretted that the vice was widespread at a time the country is yet to recover from the effects of Covid-19, citing thousands of commuters who lost their jobs which negatively impacted the sector.
The association said the best way to end graft is to legalize it through enactment in Parliament so that every bribe solicited by the police will be receipted and the respective officers paid a commission for collection.
The association believes that the culture will be eliminated through the digitization of instant fine payments.
Corruption continues to rob Kenyans their sweat and hard work, and at time the industry is recovering from the effects of Covid-19 pandemic, the government should continue to fight graft and support all other sectors prone to Corruption by putting laws that are stringent to corruption perpetrators.