BRIBERY SHOULD BE TAMED
Bribery among police officers rising
Mr. Mohamed, the traffic officer whose Equity bank account entailing Sh26 million was frozen for being proceeds of bribery, is now a free man after reaching a settlement with the government.
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He had been receiving bribes for the past 6 years. His earnings were not honest. This situation is prompting questions like “shouldn’t he serve as an example to officers doing the same?” and “Why is he giving Sh26 million when the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission had been pursuing him for Sh47 million?” among others.
Why vice must be punished
The government ought to put strict punishments for such behaviors. Honest and hardworking citizens should be shown that their efforts are not in vain. People giving out bribes should be severely punished as well because they are not only trying to cover up their wrong behaviors but also making our progress towards becoming a corruption-free country slow.
Giving bribes especially by public transport operators can cause loss of lives. This is because drivers give bribes so that the officers can overlook the mistakes of the vehicles such as poor condition of the cars and lack of proper licensing.
The poor condition of the vehicles that the officers ignored could later be the cause of road accidents. This only shows that such irresponsible behaviors by those giving and receiving bribes should not be taken lightly. Our country needs to be cleansed of such actions and we should work together to make sure that the next generation is safe.
All stakeholders should therefore join hands and sensitize the public on the need to fight the vice. This is especially true because the young will always follow in the footsteps of their elders. As children grow in a society that glorifies bribery, they are likely to pick the vice and pass it on to future generations.
Brenda Wangui is a Journalism Student at KCA University, firstname.lastname@example.org