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Top traffic officers sacked over M-Pesa bribes

Sixty three senior police officers have been dismissed from service after vetting unearthed massive corruption, mostly in the traffic department.

The fate of 29 others hangs in the balance because they will be investigated further by the National Police Service Commission which carried out the vetting.

NPSC chairman Johnston Kavuludi announced the results of the vetting at the commission’s headquarters in Nairobi on Thursday.

“Through scrutiny of M-Pesa statements, the commission was able to establish that junior officers working in the traffic department regularly transferred fixed amounts of money to some of their seniors, suggesting that they had been given targets,” NPSC chairman Johnston Kavuludi told journalists.

This follows 14 months of the vetting exercise in which 1,364 officers were investigated.

Administration Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi is among those who have been sent home.

The officers vetted hold the ranks of senior superintendents, superintendents and assistant superintendents.