The Star (Nairobi)

10 November 2012

Kenya: APS Promoted for Seizing Explosives

Four administration policemen who in early October impounded more than eight kilos of explosives in a bus bound for Nairobi from Garissa have been promoted. The Lower Yatta DC James Mugwe said the officers were rewarded for their hard work and patriotism.

Those promoted were Charles Laboso who becomes a chief Inspector from his previous rank of inspector. Police constables Willy Mutai, Simon Kamau and Stanislaus Ngugi were promoted to the rank of corporal.

The ceremony took place at the Kyusyani district headquarters in Kitui County and was witnessed by the officer in-charge of the AP fraternity in the district Kennedy Mutuku whose promotion has also been recommended to the Public Service Commission.

The policemen and three of their colleagues from the regular police service, acting on a tip-off, intercepted the bus belonging to the Zafex company at the Kanyonyo road block in Kwavonza division as it headed to Nairobi from Garissa.

They found the explosives which were to be used in launching attacks in the city and arrested six foreigners who had no identification documents.

" The security officers' performance was splendid especially at a time when the security of the country was at stake. The weekend after the interception, a church was bombed in Nairobi and the explosives could have been used for similar attacks," said DC Mugwe.

He said the government will continue to recognize the good work of the policemen and punish those officers who may be collaborating with criminals and terrorists.

" I thank the police commissioner for sacking two top police officers who ordered the escort of terrorist elements from Garissa to Nairobi," said Mugwe.

He announced that security has been beefed up along Garissa-Nairobi road which is usually used as conduit route by Al shabaab terrorist elements and other terrorist suspects from Somalia. He said other alternative routes were also being watched.

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