Sabahi (Washington, DC)

4 January 2013

Kenyan Police Impersonator Arrested, Charged

A Naivasha court charged a former minibus driver with impersonating a police officer along with several other criminal counts, Kenya's The Standard reported Friday (January 4th).

Joshua Karanjahi Waiganjo was charged with two counts of police impersonation, illegal possession of a police uniform and robbery, to all of which he pleaded not guilty.

Waiganjo drove in police vehicles and rode in a helicopter, participated in police meetings, and even fired a junior officer, according to individuals who spoke to The Standard.

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe called such assertions "full-blown exaggerations", Kenya's Capital FM reported.

"It is erroneous to say he has been receiving a salary, had an office or used government police vehicles," Kiraithe said. "The matter is under investigation and the suspect has already appeared in court."

Waiganjo's case is scheduled to be heard Wednesday (January 9th).

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