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Uhuru declares war on police bribes, Twitter shrugs him off

Kenyans online have gone ham on President Uhuru Kenyatta for promising to deal with bribery of officers on Kenyan roads.

The President blamed traffic officers’ illegal collections for the heightened cost of transport adding that the vice needed to be stopped.

President Kenyatta was speaking during a breakfast meeting with Matatu Owners Association where he promised to reform the traffic police department to curb corruption as a move to lower transport costs.

“We must get rid of the illegal collection of money by traffic police officers because that is part of what makes it expensive to travel,” the President added.

President Kenyatta said his administration is determined to streamline the transport sector to stop the increase of fare resulting from matatu operators having to pay bribes.

“I want to assure you that we are going to reorganise the traffic department in order to make it more accountable to users,” he said.

His tweet on the same elicited mixed reactions online with some users faulting him for not having solved the transport menace through his four years in office.

Other users made fun of the President’s “cow boy” look as he donned a Jubilee branded scarf round his neck.