Kenya Railways security officer arrested for allegedly soliciting Sh500k bribe
A Kenya Railways Corporation security official was on Thursday arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives for allegedly soliciting a Sh500,000 bribe.
The employee, who is based at Voi Railways Station, was arrested at Ambassador Hotel in Nairobi after he received Sh200,000 from the complainant as part of the bribe.
According to EACC detectives, the official had demanded the bribe in order to allow the complainant to continue with ongoing construction on Voi Railways land, which he has leased.
“The suspect was traced and arrested immediately after he received Sh200,000 from the complainant. He had travelled from Voi to Nairobi,” EACC said.
The complainant told detectives that he is constructing a one-storey building for a women empowerment project funded by German Donors in Voi.
The project is being constructed at the Taveta Railways Grounds with the approval of the former Voi Town Clerk who leased the plot for that purpose.
He said the construction began in 2019 after the approval by the County Government of Taita Taveta.
However, the suspect is alleged to have visited the site and informed the complainant that the construction documents were not in order, he then demanded a bribe in order to allow the complainant to continue with the construction.
The suspect was taken to Central police station before being transferred to Kilimani Station.
“EACC has today (Friday) released the suspect on a cash bail of Sh50,000 pending finalization of investigations before his arraignment,” the agency said.
Last month, EACC arrested a sub county administrator in Embakasi East over allegations of corruption.
The arrest followed a complaint filed by an engineer and owner of a drilling company on February 10 which prompted City Inspectorate officers from Embakasi East Ward to visit a drilling site in Utawala.
The complainant said an employee at the drilling site was arrested and taken to Soweto Police Station on allegations of illegal water connection.
He was later released on Sh10,000 cash bail and directed to report to Nairobi City County offices in Embakasi.