A traffic police officer based in Kitale told the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) vetting panel that he was instructed to be sending Sh3,000 to the OCPD weekly. Samson Kipkulei Ayabei said that in 2012 it was a tradition at the station for officers to send money to then Webuye OCPD Allan Willy every Friday.
“Let me be honest. When I was transferred to Webuye my then base commandant told me that every Friday I had to send Sh3,000 to the OCPD. This was the culture I found in the station,” he said. And when probed by the vetting panel over the source of the money, Mr Ayabei said he removed it from a welfare fund they formed with 12 colleagues.
“We know what has been happening in the Traffic Department where junior officers send money to their seniors every Friday. We have this information and you should be candid enough and tell us what was happening with this transfers,” NPSC commissioner Ronald Musengi told the officer. Ayabei in his Mpesa statement had sent Sh25,000 to the OCPD in nine transactions and another 17 transfers to Traffic base commander Abubakar Mwanawasa.
Kavuludi Ntulele sub-county Sergent Jacob Mugaya Minade also told the panel he was forced to send money to his seniors while serving in Nakuru before he was transferred to Narok. According to NPSC, Mr Minade sent Sh54,810 to former Nakuru Police boss Johnston Ipara in 28 M-Pesa transactions. When asked by NPSC chair Johnston Kavuludi to explain what the money was meant for.
The officer said it was used to fund construction of a perimeter wall at the Central Police Station and purchase a generator. “I sent the money to my boss because there are several projects that were being worked on, including construction of a perimeter wall, extension generator and stationary,” said Minade. The officer was further taken to task for sending Sh9,800 to the former Rift Valley Traffic Enforcement officer Mary Omari.
But he defended the move saying officers have chamas where they contribute money and send to anyone facing a challenge. Lawyer Ngetich Kipkoech representing the Law Society of Kenya asked him to name any officer who was helped while sick, but Minade said he could not remember their names.