By Watchdog reporter

Over 700 traffic police officers have been fired from the directorate of traffic and road safety over corruption allegations.

The officers in question were forced out of the directorate between 2014 and August 2017.

The revelations were made by Traffic and Road Safety spokesman, Mr Charles Ssebambulidde, who said most of the cases involved officers arrested over involvement in extortion or soliciting bribes.

According to Daily monitor, many of the affected were traffic officers on roads in Kampala Metropolitan police area and on the key highways of Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara, Kampala-Jinja-Malaba, and on Kampala-Gulu.

Some of the officers relieved of traffic duties have been sent to the Field Force Unit and the General Duties Unit for redeployment.

The removal of the corrupt officers from the directorate has cut short the traffic police manpower.

However, Ssebambulidde revealed that they have asked for new officers with a good record to fill those gaps.