Uasin Gishu County Female Representative Gladys Shollei, has submitted a petition to parliament to implement the use of body cameras for all active-duty police officers in an effort to curb corruption within the service.
“It is a cheaper way of dealing with corruption with the police. so that every time they interact with a member of the public or when a person goes to record a statement at a police station, it is being recorded. Is what has saved other countries,” she stated.
The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly indicated her intent to advocate for the installation of CCTV cameras at Nyayo House.
Among the proposed reforms, Shollei outlined that all government institutions and agencies would be mandated to record and archive phone conversations as part of accountability measures.
Shollei lamented the pervasive corruption along Kenyan roads, highlighting the frequent roadblocks that seem more geared towards extorting bribes rather than inspecting vehicles.
“You may find that on a 20 km drive, there are four roadblocks, but they are not roadblocks to prevent crimes. They are simply toll booths for the officers to collect money,” she emphasized.
The Woman Rep pointed out that certain governmental offices resisted adopting electronic documentation methods, creating openings for corrupt practices.
Furthermore, Shollei accused the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) of collusion with corrupt individuals, leading to the fabrication of charges.
On 4th July 2023 Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen announced the implementation of dashboard cameras and vehicle telematics for school buses and Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).
Murkomen highlighted that telematics will incorporate a GPS that tracks the real-time location of each vehicle. In addition, it will feature a black box recorder that continuously transmits vehicle speeds.
“It will show every vehicle’s location and when and who maintained the vehicle. It will show where the vehicle was serviced and who serviced the vehicle,” Murkomen explained further.
Furthermore, Murkomen emphasized that the telematics system will employ a GPS component to monitor vehicle locations at any given moment accurately. The integrated black box recorder will consistently relay information about vehicle speeds.