NTV news anchor Larry Madowo has exposed an incident where police officers have been cashing in on Kenyans they apprehend for not carrying their national Identification Card, regardless of the circumstance. Larry shared a list of victims whereby one individual was arrested and had to purchase his freedom despite later proving his identity narrated his story.
“I was arrested because I didn’t have an ID when i was seeing my friend off to his native for Easter. But since I live around I called my neighbour to bring my ID both national and school ID. When I got the documents they didn’t want them anymore. ‘ID ni ya baba yako!’ is what he just said.”
What was more humiliating to the victim is not being arrested but the manner in which the apprehension was conducted.
“I call this business. It’s not illegal to do random or routine security checks. But what’s the worth if at the station no one will want to know what happened just give money and you are out safely? It’s the Kenya we are in. I don’t know if its true or are we cursed!!!”
The complainant disclosed that he was released from Kamukuji Police Station after parting with Sh500, adding that others who got their names booked in the OB had to cough out Sh3,000 to be freed.
Police in charge dismissed the case after paying the sh500 saying the victim committed a mistake referred to “Not carrying ID”.
Some members of the public who have in the past been arrested for not carrying their ID, have in the end been wrongfully accused of minor offenses such as being drunk and disorderly among others.
Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission lately ranked the police department as the most corrupt government institution.