The Star (Nairobi)

3 January 2013

Kenya: Police Imposter Arrested

Police officers from the Special Crime Unit have arrested a man who has been posing as a senior police chief in Rift Valley.

The suspect, who has been posing as an assistant commissioner of police, is being held at the Naivasha police station. He was found with police uniforms. The incident has left the police service baffled.

In a daring move, the suspect joined the current Rift Provincial Police Officer John M'bijiwe in visiting Suguta Valley where more than 40 police were ambushed by suspected Turkana militia and killed.

The imposter flew in a police helicopter to Baragoi and even attended a high powered security meeting to discuss the massacre.

In another incident, the impersonator sacked more than 10 police officers in various police stations that he had visited in Rift Valley,

before he was exposed.

According to a source privy to the investigations, the suspect, identified as Joshua Karanjahi Waiganjo, fleeced people money by posing as a senior police officer.

"The man has been posing as an assistant commissioner of police and has even been visiting several police stations in Rift Valley," said the source.

Some of the 'sacked' officers visited Naivasha police station where they expressed their shock on learning that the man had never been a police officer.

"After the Suguta meeting, investigations started and the officer was cornered in full police uniform of an assistant commissioner of police," the source said.

He added that initial investigations had revealed that Waiganjo had for years engaged in robberies on the Nairobi-Nakuru road. Naivasha police boss Charles Kortok said the police recovered police uniforms from the suspect's houses in Gilgil and Njoro.

Kortok saidhey were investigation how the suspect got genuine police uniforms which had the rank of an assistant commissioner of police.

"He shall be charged in court with robbery with violence, impersonating a police officer and being in possession of police uniforms," he said.

Kortok added that the police from the Special Crime Unit were still investigating the matter and may prefer more charges on the suspect.

"This is a case of a daring man but his lucky days run out and he shall face the full wrath of the law," promised the police boss.

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