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The displeased CEO said the road blocks had been turned into toll stations where the officers ask for bribes from motorists.

The chief executive officer of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Twalib Mbarak says the anti-graft body is aware of the significance of the road blocks in abetting corruption on the Kenyan roads.

Whilst the barriers ought to help the traffic police officers in enforcing the law, Mbarak said they had been turned into toll stations where the motorists are made to part with monies for leniency on the side of the officers.

"Do we need the road blocks? Those are not road blocks, they are toll stations we know that, in the whole country," he said.

Mbarak was speaking on Saturday, December 9, at the Murang'a Technical University grounds where the anti-graft agency was commemorating this year's edition of the International Anti-Corruption Day.

The EACC boss went on to give his experience, noting that the vice perpetrated by the state law enforcers had spread throughout the country.

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak.

Mbarak said he was aboard a simple vehicle in Mombasa when he spotted a female cop getting Sh 100 from a motorist.

According to him, such an act was emblematic of the situation across the country.

"I was at the Nyali Bridge where I saw the officer getting the bribe while waiting. I didn't want to shout because they would mark my car. Such has affected our ranking by Transparency International," he said.

He called on the government operatives at the grassroots level to partner with the EACC officials to bring to book such corrupt officers.