A traffic police officer earning less than Sh50,000 a month transacted nearly Sh100 million on mobile money platform M-Pesa in four years, the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) revealed during a vetting session in Mombasa. Something which has everybody, logically it is not possible.
ergeant Boniface Kyalo Muthini’s mobile cash transactions stood at Sh35 million last year, translating to an average of Sh3 million a month or nearly 60 times his monthly salary.
“That is a lot of money to be handled by yourself alone. You could be having 10 personal assistants for this kind of work. Am afraid that is what we observed,” the chairman of the National Police Service Commission Johnstone Kavuludi told the officer.
Mr Muthini’s transactions on his M-Pesa account last year are equivalent to what he would earn working in his current position for 58 years.
The commission is on its third day of vetting traffic police officers in Mombasa where most have been found with huge M-Pesa transactions.
Most of those found with hefty M-Pesa transactions explained that they were members of merry-go-rounds with their senior counterparts to whom they were sending money.