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EACC nabs Nairobi officials receiving bribe from motorists

The EACC detectives on Friday nabbed four city hall clamping attendants receiving Sh2,000 bribe.

The four were arrested in industrial area by the commission’s sleuths after complaints from the public.

Those arrested were overall parking supervisor in the City Anne Wanyoike alias Buibui.

Detectives said she has been frequently picking money from parking attendants and at times forcing them to send money to an M-pesa belonging to her house help.

It’s said that Buibui in the company of three attendants were arrested after a car was clamped and she did not follow the right procedure to unclamp the car.

The car was driven to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission offices and is still parked there.

“It was all set up. Whenever a car is clamped, one pays Sh2,000 fee as a penalty. The cash is supposed to be paid online by dialing *217#,” A a parking attendant said.

“Parking attendants are not supposed to take cash. However, Buibui received cash and unclamped the car. She was then arrested.”

A police officer who requested anonymity said Buibui was released on Sh50,00 bond.

“Buibui was working in the decentralization department. How she found herself working in the Parking department is strange. She must have colluded and bribed herself to get to the parking department,” the officer said.

EACC spokesperson Yasin Amaro said EACC is still investigating the matter and that the operation was a joint operation.

JamboPay, which collects parking revenue said the arrest will help bring sanity in the parking collection system.

“Once a car is clamped, it has to be unclamped on the system first. Its wrong to take cash and fail to remit it because the e-payment system will query why the motorist who whose car was unclamped did not pay,” said an officer from JamboPay.

“At the end of the day, several audit queries arise and we will be unable to account. We commend the EACC for the arrests.”

JamboPay CEO Danson Muchemi urged motorists not to give any cash to the parking attendants.

Muchemi said its important that motorists note that once they are clamped, records of defaulters are kept in the data base.

“Please make use of the system,” Muchemi said.

Source: THE STAR

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