How corrupt police officers are minting a fortune from teen city residents

Freedom costs Ksh. 500-2000, cops however not keen on ladies 

By The Weekly Vision Team

Nairobi city residents mostly young men are fast becoming an endangered species as police officers on patrol handcuff them on lame excuses, like having a face mask lowered to your chin when speaking on phone.

Strangely the officers are never interested in ladies even those found without masks. This has sparked outrage about gender discrimination from young men. The general public on the streets have also questioned the cops about this, wondering whether women are “immune” to Covid-19?

An in-house survey conducted by The Weekly Vision focused on the period between Friday- Saturday evenings. The calculation here from the officers is that many of those arrested and handcuffed will be in fear of spending a weekend behind bars and are likely “play ball”

The cops are extra vigilant, according to an in-house survey conducted by The Weekly Vision that focused on the period between Friday- Saturday evenings. The calculation here is that many of those arrested and handcuffed will fear spending the weekend behind bars and will likely “play ball”

Freedom costs anything from Ksh. 500 to Ksh. 2000 a situation that has led many cops on patrol in Nairobi to be uninterested in combating common crimes as they devote most of their time waylaying young men with no face masks. One would almost be forgiven for assuming the extra face mask vigilance is all about the great concern from the soaring Covid-19 infections cases.

 A cursory sneak at the OB reports will easily establish that not a single person is behind bars for not wearing a mask. Or at any rate, none will be charged in court for the alleged offence.

Many young men trying to behave “normally” during weekends or carrying out routine engagements are “rudely” interrupted by handcuffs by cops. Lively conversations are “abnormally” cut short as the cops warn of jail and court charges the next day. Almost always the cops settle for a bribe and let you go with the warning not to go around without a mask. Little wonder muggers and pickpockets are having a field day as police concentrate on the “mask business”.

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