Police chief Hillary Mutyambai dragged to court over speed limit


Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai has been charged with failing to act against traffic police intimidation.

Attorney Kipkoech Ng’etich, a lawyer based in Nakuru, sued, alleging that motorists on highways are constantly harassed by cops without the intervention of their bosses.

Through his lawyer, Chepkulul Katherine, Ng’etich further accused the police of converting Kenyan highways and roads into dens of corruption to extort TNZT.

“My lawyer appeared before the magistrate, where she asked for conservatory orders to stop the police and the DPP from making any further arrest, detention or charges against me as a road user in this country and every other Kenyan,” Kipkoech said.

Nakuru Law Courts Building Opened by Chief Justice David Maraga on December 4, 2020

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The lawyer was charged twice for exceeding the 50 km/h speed limit along the Nakuru-Kericho highway. He argued that the experience “worried” him rather than encouraging him to obey the traffic rules.

Kipkoech urged KenHA to clearly post speed limit signs and forced the court to order the authority to disclose the number of vehicles parked along the highways.

“This case concerns the unconstitutional and unlawful arrest, detention and indictment of Kipkoech Ng’etich and other Kenyan road users for unprecedented speed limits,” reads part of the lawsuit.

The director of the Public Prosecution Service was also dragged into the case, who was accused of helping the police prosecute and charge victims of police violations.

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Chief Justice Martha Koome, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Kenya Highways Authority (KeNHA) were also listed as stakeholders in the lawsuit.

Defendants and interested parties have not yet responded to the lawsuit. The case will be heard on October 12, 2022.

In 2021, IG Mutyambai clarified that he has never ordered to remove roadblocks, but rather regulate them. This was after some of the motorists misinterpreted his directive urging traffic police to stop driving illegally on highways.

He further warned motorists to offer bribes to corrupt police officers who should be reported and charged with fraud.

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“I have neither removed traffic cops nor roadblocks from our roads, I have rationalized the system. Even then, no one is allowed to give bribes. Please report such incidents with evidence,” Mutyambai said.

Police have increased surveillance of the roads due to the high number of traffic accidents attributed to traffic violations.

Statistics released by the National Transport and Safety Authority indicate that: Between January 1 and September 13, 2022, 3,358 people died in traffic accidents. Pedestrians make up the highest number of casualties with 1,208 followed by cyclists, 903.

Traffic police officers stop motorist at a checkpoint.  On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the NTSA issued a warning to motorists.

Traffic police officers stop motorists at a checkpoint.


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