Sabahi (Washington, DC)

6 January 2013

Kenya to Launch Probe Into Police Impostor Case

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki ordered a government probe into the case of a man charged with impersonating an assistant commissioner of police in the Rift Valley, Kenya's The Standard reported Sunday (January 6th).

Joshua Karanjahi Waiganjo has been charged in Naivasha with two counts of police impersonation, illegal possession of a police uniform and robbery. He has pleaded not guilty and his case will be heard on January 9th.

The investigation will determine the precise nature of Waiganjo's involvement, including what meetings and events he attended and to what resources and equipment he was given access. The government will also conduct a wider audit of the police force's role in the scandal, Head of Kenya's Civil Service Francis Kimemia said in a statement.

The probe team will begin work Monday and present its results in 10 days, he said. Stern action, including prosecution, will be taken against members of the police force found to be culpable in the ruse, Kimemia said.

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