Sabahi (Washington, DC)

10 January 2013

Kenya: Alleged Police Imposter Released On 4-Million Shilling Bond

Photo: Kenya Police/Facebook
Former police boss denies knowledge of police imposter (file photo).

A Naivasha court released suspected police impersonator Joshua Waiganjo from custody on a 4-million shilling ($46,000) bond, Kenya's Capital FM reported Wednesday (January 9th).

The prosecution has registered 12 charges against Waiganjo, ranging from robbery to impersonation, and has announced plans to file murder charges as well. Waiganjo has pleaded not guilty and the defence has asked the court to dismiss the case, asserting that not all the charges are valid.

Senior Resident Magistrate Ester Boke will decide whether to confirm the charges on January 23rd.

Waiganjo's alleged impersonation lasted several years and has prompted serious inquiries into police operations. Three senior police officers were suspended over the incident, after President Mwai Kibaki ordered an inquiry into the case.

The suspect's father, retired policeman Ibrahim Waiganjo, said that his son was appointed to serve in the force by former Police Commissioner Matthew Iteere, an assertion Iteere has denied, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

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