, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – There was confusion countrywide on Wednesday as police arrested several motorists over tinted windows despite clarification from IG David Kimaiyo that the order applied principally to Public Service Vehicles.
Police officers took advantage of the situation to flag down motorists even on the Nairobi-Narok highway, on grounds that they were enforcing the ‘order’ by Kimaiyo.
In Nairobi, there were reports of motorists stopped and harassed by traffic police officers on Ngong Road, Mombasa Road and sections of Thika Road.
Kimaiyo now says his office will ensure the order is properly communicated to police stations countrywide to avoid confusion.
On Tuesday, the matter elicited sharp criticism after Administration Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi said the order also includes private cars and they should be impounded.
The order against PSVs was part of other measures taken by the Inspector General to contain terror attacks across the country.
Kimaiyo said this will be part of other measures being adopted after the recent twin blasts in Mombasa and Nairobi that targeted at Public Service Vehicles.
“While this is ongoing on, I want to urge all Public Service Vehicle operators to be extra vigilant on the way they conduct their business. In particular they should avoid carrying excess passengers in their vehicles, screen luggage and parcels and passengers as they board in,” he affirmed.
In regards to the attacks, he said police have crucial leads which are likely to lead to arrest and subsequent prosecution of the culprits.
He also asked PSV operators to be extra vigilant to ensure they eliminate risks of terror attacks.
“I want to add that vehicle operators need to be cautious on the safety of their passengers to avoid death or injury while passengers are under their charge,” he stated.
“They should endeavour to observe basic safety and security requirements, not only for the benefit of the passengers but for their own good and that of the society at large.”