Monday, February 01, 2010

Drunken Policeman Ruined my Christmas Holiday

Dennis Langat shares his Christmas holiday misadventure.

According to the police officers, my traffic offense was traffic obstruction. In my defence my movement was restricted as there was a matatu parked right in front of me. I later learned that this was a tactic used by the traffic police to solicit bribes from already poor wananchi. The proper action for me to take would be to toa kila kitu, people told me. I wondered how non-Kenyans driving through Kenya would understand this sub-culture, and how bribing by traffic policemen had become an acceptable culture. What happened next can only be described as surreal.

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