Over 800 police officers under probe for breaking the law

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 00:00 |
Police brutality. Photo/Courtesy

Over 800 officers are under investigations for criminal and disciplinary offences.

The allegations include murder, embezzlement of funds, brutality, abuse of office, collusion with criminal gangs and land cartels.

Those under investigations include six officers from Mlolongo police station, three from Ruai, two from Kasarani, one from Pangani.

Over ten station commanders are also being investigated including the  OCS Ruai and his Mlolongo counterpart.

Among the senior most officers under investigation are two officers of the rank of an Assistant Inspector of General (AIG) and several OCPDs, all of the rank of Senior Superitendent of Police (SSP).

The cases are being investigated internally, and by both the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA).

In the last one week, at least seven officers have been charged in court for various offences across the country.

On Friday, a constable attached to Mawe Mbili police post in Ruai was arraigned before Milimani court charged with causing grievous bodily harm to his senior colleague.

Constable Evans Mithika pleaded not guilty to the offence before chief magistrate Martha Mutuku who ordered his released on bond of Sh300,000 or cash bail of Sh100,000, pending the mention of the case on December 14.

Mithika and his colleague, who is yet to be arrested, are alleged to have clobbered Administration Police Inspector, Bernard Mochama and broke his arm on May 26.

Inspector Mochama had been dropped by a motorcycle rider and was hurrying to beat the curfew when he was stopped by his junior colleagues. He identified himself but his colleagues refused to release him.

On sensing danger, he took off towards his house but the officers pursued him and caught up with him as he was waiting for the gate to be opened. They assaulted him and took him to the station.

 A week ago, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai directed disciplinary action be taken against the OCS Ruai regarding his conduct in handling the same case.

It is claimed that  he attempted to cover up the attack and concealed vital information after the assault.

In another disciplinary case in Bomet on Wednesday, Constable Peter Langat of Longisa police station was arrested after he disrupted a Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) signature collection exercise in Lelekwet village. 

The officer, who appeared drunk, tore the book and threw it in a  stream. He was on Friday charged with malicious damage to property.

The previous day in Tigania East, another officer was also arrested after he physically assaulted his boss, the Mikinduri Chief Inspector Patrick Wambugu OCS, who had questioned why he was drunk while on duty. 

Constable Stephen Lenairoshi had earlier been directed by the OCS to accompany Meru Deputy County Commissioner, Stephen Ogolla to a Covid-19 sensitisation event. 

Most of the cases of brutality were recorded during the enforcement of curfew orders where rogue officers are reported to have violently assaulted people.

On March 30, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and the Council of Governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya issued a joint statement confirming that there were incidents where police officers fell short of the required standard while enforcing curfew rules.

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