Traffic officers in Nyeri court on charges of collecting bribes from motorists

By: FAITH NYAMAI

Two police officers on Wednesday appeared before a Nyeri court to answer to charges of collecting bribes from motorists along the Karatina-Nairobi highway.

Police constables Gabriel Ndiema and William Tiamale are faced with two counts of corruption.

Mr Ndiema and Mr Tiamale are charged with receiving bribes on October 9, 2015, at the Karatina-Kerugoya-Sagana junction along the Nyeri-Nairobi road.

They were found in possession of various denominations of cash which was believed to have been acquired through corrupt deals.

Mr Ndiema was found in possession of Sh1400 while Mr Timale had Sh200.

They are accused of collecting the money as bribes from motorists.

MONEY FORM MATATUS

The two constables were arrested on Friday last week at around 9:30am with the cash which is believed to have been acquired from matatu drivers along the route.

The officers were arrested in a covert operation by ethics and anticorruption officers following complaints from members of the public and motorists.

The two, however, did not take plea because the chief magistrate’s court which is gazetted to hear and determine anticorruption cases was not sitting on Wednesday.

CASH BAIL

Through their lawyer Mr Wahome Gikonyo they asked the court to release them on a reasonable cash bail waiting for the day to take plea once the magistrate resumes work.

“The two, although suspended from the service until their case is heard and determined, still remain innocent until proven otherwise,” Mr Wahome told the court.

He added that the law allows that they should only be treated as suspects.

Principal Magistrate Desderias Orimba released them on a cash bail of Sh40,000 each on condition that they present themselves in the court.

The two will take plea on October 25, 2015.