Corruption in the Kenya: Traffic Police and Leadership

19 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2016

Date Written: October 11, 2016


Corruption is rampant in the transport industry and a devil haunting some traffic police officers in Kenya police. By definition corrupting is changing from good to bad in morals, manners, or actions; to alter from original or correct form or version. Corruption means “impairment of integrity or moral principle; inducement to wrong by bribery or other unlawful means (Okullu, 2001). Corruption takes different forms by giving money, inducement to departure from the right course by means of words, threat, blackmail, and by friendship. The problem is corruption has taken root in Kenya traffic police, leading to many public vehicles in transport system not observing traffic laws or rules adequately and as a consequence leading to frequent accidents and leading to allowing foreigners enter Kenya without proper documents. The objective is to study the best strategy to be used to alleviate corruption in transport industry. The laws or policies are clear but they are not implemented. “Gone are the days when Michuki traffic rules were followed.” Interview and observation will be used in collecting data from public passengers and analysed. Findings will be vital to all citizens to minimize accidents. It is concluded political leaders in Kenya have denounced corruption yet little action is being taken to stop the moral rot, which has become a way of life in Kenya. This can be observed in traffic police forces who take bribes openly; daily without any government action (Okullu, 2001). And people wonder what is amiss? Because it is done and passengers who have traveled in Kenya highways have witnessed and aware, but they can do nothing! It is recommended to alleviate corruption strong leadership should be in place to enforced traffic laws so as safe the situation.

Keywords: Corruption, Inducement, Accidents Leadership

Suggested Citation

Okebiro, Gilbert, Corruption in the Kenya: Traffic Police and Leadership (October 11, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Gilbert Okebiro (Contact Author)

Kisii University, Students ( email )


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