Kenya

IG: No more unauthorised road blocks

IG: No more unauthorised road blocks
  • Traffic officers had complied by Wednesday and removed road blocks and check points from highways across the country, although the move took many of them by surprise.

Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has ordered traffic officers to stop erecting road blocks or conducting traffic checks on highways without their seniors’ permission as he moves to stem rampant corruption on Kenyan roads.

Henceforth, traffic check points and road blocks on highways must be approved mounted only with the express authority of regional and formation commanders, and must be justified and rationalised, the IG said Wednesday.

Speaking to the Nation, the IG clarified that he has not banned road blocks, but was simply streamlining traffic management, which will see regional and formation commanders directly responsible for traffic affairs in areas under their control.

The measures follow numerous complaints by the public about traffic officers who use road blocks to extort money from motorists.

Traffic officers had complied by Wednesday and removed road blocks and check points from highways across the country, although the move took many of them by surprise.