President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’ i with an ultimatum over instant fines for minor criminals.
Matiang’ i, who was speaking during the launch of Digital Occurrence Book(OB) at Kamukunji Sub-County Police Headquarters, revealed that the president had ordered him to make sure that payment of fines through M-PESA was functional by Christmas this year.
The CS was given the directive alongside ICT counterpart CS Joe Mucheru.
Matiang’ i informed Kenyans that the ministry would be taking information about the offenders and direct them to pay their fines via Mobile money transfer, after which they would send them receipts.
Following the directive by the head of state, the Interior CS convened a meeting between himself, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, and the Interior Ministry Principal Secretaries, including Karanja Kibicho to address it.
He further illustrated a tactic in which police officers threaten to jail offenders if they fail to give a bribe and noted that the directive discourages the old ways in which Kenyans are deliberately inconvenienced in order to bribe the officers.
The robust CS also asked the officers to brace themselves for the change since they will be able to track and report delays and any form of corrupt undertakings.
He further noted that they are going to review the basis of the promotion of police officers adding that no officer with cases that are not concluded will be promoted.
IG Mutyambai said that the digital OB would see to it that once records are captured, they become permanent and can’t be altered.
The first phase of the Digital OB started in Nairobi County, and the roll out in the rest of the counties is set to follow soon after.
Kenyans now will not be required to get to the police stations for bookings as any report can be done in the field and reported online to the station for quick action.