8 January 2013

Kenya: Three Senior Officers Suspended Over Police Impostor

The Kenyan National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has suspended three officers over the case of a man charged with impersonating a police officer, Kenya's The Standard reported Tuesday (January 8th).

The NPSC has named new officers to replace Rift Valley Police boss John M'Mbijiwe, Anti-Stock Theft Unit commandant Rimi Ngugi and Njoro commanding officer Peter Nthiga.

NPSC chairman Johnston Kavuludi said the commission decided to suspend the three officers after a preliminary investigation into the case of alleged police imposter Joshua Waiganjo implicated them.

A committee has been formed to investigate how Waiganjo allegedly managed to operate for more than one year undetected, Kavuludi said. The committee has 21 days to report its findings, he said.

"We have put in place mechanisms to ensure that we get to the bottom of the matter such that proper investigations are conducted to reveal exactly how the lapse occurred and who within the police service is guilty of any act of omission or commission," Kavuludi said.

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