Interior CS Orders Removal Of All Roadblocks
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has ordered the removal of all roadblocks across the country by November 1, 2023.
Kindiki said the directive is in line with President William Ruto’s order to restore sanity on roads and address the increasing cases of corruption by police officers.
“The static roadblocks are less effective because people have found ways of circumventing them and evading police officers,” Kindiki said.
He said police officers should only erect roadblocks when granted permission by the Nairobi police headquarters. The CS also announced that the government will replace the roadblocks with patrols to help address all security concerns.
“We are eventually going to get rid of all roadblocks of all nature by November 1, 2023. Early this month, the president directed that within 90 days we must remove all roadblocks and replace them with patrols and other ways of achieving security intentions. We will ensure that the directive by the president is implemented by November 1 across the country,” Kindiki stated.
The CS also urged police officers to treat all motorists with respect and refrain from bribery.
The removal of roadblocks has been welcomed by motorists, who have long complained about the inconvenience and corruption associated with them.
The move is also seen as a step towards improving the security situation in the country.
The government has said that it will deploy more police officers to patrol the roads and ensure that motorists are safe.
The removal of roadblocks is a major policy shift by the government. Roadblocks have been a common sight in Kenya for many years, and they have been used by police officers to extort money from motorists.
The new policy is a sign that the government is serious about addressing corruption and improving the security situation in the country.