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Police Reforms is a Genuine concern.

22 Nov

The Cabinet secretary for transport Engineer Michael kamau was recently quoted in the local media as saying that ” The matatu Industry is one docket in his ministry that gives him a hard time and he would not mind if the sector was removed from his ministry and given to somebody else. This is a genuine concern that should not be ignored. I have ‘personally’ been in this Industry for over 15 yrs and i can see his point very clearly. From far back as the narc Government came to power under president kibaki, A lot of effort has been put in trying to bring sanity and some order in the matatu industry but most of this effort is defeated. And chaos and all manners of corruption, carjacking, extortion and harassment remains the order of the day in the matatu sector.

The cabinet secretary is not the only one having nightmares because of the undisclosed hardships he is encountering in discharging his duty; the newly appointed then suspended and later re-appointed chairman of the NATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST DRUGS & ALCOHOL- AUTHORITY chairman HON John Mututho is also complaining about frustration by some police officer who have interest or investments in the selling of alcohol. Like i have always complained about policemen owning matatus and using their power to interfering with the smooth flow of traffic and adherence to laws and order; HON Mutotho is also not happy, and it is emerging that the police are doing more damage even in other sectors they are entrusted with.

Corruption in the corridors of justice is another obstacle which also point fingers at the police department, Most of the traffic cases that do finally get to the courts are again doctored by prosecutors{police men/women} or reduced to lesser charges at a fee and only the -have-not’s- end up meeting the magistrate.I know this is only a tip of the iceberg; If we were to look at other areas where police exercise authority, we would be meet by same stories of how justice remains with a price tag and reserved for those who can afford it.

The cabinet secretary for transport should not throw in the towel just yet. he should borrow a leaf from the NACADA chairman who have vowed to camp at STATE HOUSE gate if that is what it will take; and explain to the president about his frustration with senior police officers who own bars and allow them to operate without due respect to the law. Kenya is today blessed with a caring and mostly, a listening president and deputy president who judging by their  determination to develop this country and secure their legacy,will be more than willing to solve this Matatu madness once and for all times and put in place a well organized public transport system. A starting point would be to separate police from traffic duties; We have invested in Digital traffic controlling system why not bring in Traffic marshals from private or The national youth service to take charge of our roads, and prosecute offenders in special traffic courts.

The war on drugs and substance abuse is yet another area that is been hindered by the law enforcers and the effects of this problem[ drug abuse} has crept to almost every area of our social and professional life’s leaving a trail of destruction and wasted years. I am saddened by the sight of desperate and sick ex-matatu workers who have been reduced to zombies by drugs and alcohol. who hang out at bus-stops across the country begging for handouts from passengers. The number of drug peddlers and wines and spirit outlets near matatu terminals { opened as early as 7.30 am} is increasing. We know most of those who sell this drugs and the owners of this bars and yes, the police also know them and comes to collect their portion even in broad day light and in their official uniform and vehicles.

My frustrations with the law enforcers, is the failure to protect even the environment. Allowing vehicles with excess smoke is to me not caring for the hands that feeds them. The number of matatu drivers who have died of Pneumonia, Ashma, TB and other respiratory diseases is worrying. The reason it has never grabbed headlines is probably because nobody bothers to take note. Drivers are hired with no signing of contracts or any legal agreement and fired the same way, when anyone falls sick, only the family and close friends gets to know. I hope and I wish someone with authority will dedicate his duty to get this unroadworthy vehicles killing our drivers with poisonous fumes off the roads and save many lives. This is another group of people who also perish in the roads but their statistics are not known or noted in most road safety campaigns.

The idea is not to blame or point an accusing finger to the police, I only want to point out the problem and hope someone {it might be you} will do something about it.

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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in ewaste, Its life, Matatu matters

 

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