During this festive period, Road transport is fully used for public transport where many accidents happen due to speeding and overloading. Excess passengers are the methods to boost pockets for the Trafic police. However, DPP wants to cut-short the siphoning mechanism by bringing in Cameras for speeding up investigations.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji profile. PHOTO | RMS

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has urged Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to provide traffic police officers with body cameras to assist in investigations in the case of road violations.

DPP Haji issued the directive following uproar about traffic charges being preferred against excess passengers travelling in Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) during the festive season.

“It will be in my view, difficult, to gather enough evidence to demonstrate that an excess passenger refused to comply with the order of a police officer or declined a request by the owner, conductor and/or driver not to enter the PSV. In most cases, it will be the word of the police officer against that of the passenger” noted the DPP.

“Further, to assist in maintaining law and order on the road, to reduce police excesses, to assist in case of violations, to support investigations and to mitigate any possible corruption, it may be prudent to consider providing officers assigned traffic duties with body cameras.”

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