22 January 2013

Kenya: Imposter Intimidated Me, Says Njoro OCPD

Interdicted Njoro divisional police boss Peter Njeru on Monday described how police impostor Joshua Waiganjo repeatedly harassed and intimidated him.

Njeru, who claimed he was the first person to unmask the 'fake' policeman, narrated how time after time Waiganjo would intrude in police operations within Njoro and would make calls to senior police officer including interdicted provincial police officer John M'mbijiwe where would get orders.

"I am the most relieved person following Waiganjo's arrest as he continually intimidated and harassed me and my junior officers in Njoro with threats of sacking, transfers and unspecified action," he told the commission investigating the impostor which is chaired by Mary Owuor.

Njeru told the commission that he started doubting Waiganjo's authenticity as a police officer several months before he was eventually exposed.

"I raised my suspicions with several colleagues before eventually talking to the PPO about them. M'mbijiwe told me 'Wachana na huyo mtu, huyo ni mtu wa police commissioner,' (Leave that man alone, he is the police commissioner's agent).

Njeru said that Waiganjo had presented M'mbijiwe with a brand new double cabin Isuzu Dmax vehicle which made him question the extent of their working relationship.

He said that at one time, Waiganjo showed him architectural designs for a four storey apartment complex in Kitengela which he said he was undertaking. At the footnote of the designs, Waiganjo's and M'mbijiwe's name were appended as co-owners.

And to show how close a relationship M'mbijjiwe and Waiganjo shared, Njeru said the police boss accompanied Waiganjo to the site of a house he was building in Sunset estate in Njoro. When Njeru went to pay his courtesies to his bosses, he found the two in the company of Kilimani OCS, a Mr. Mwangi who told Njeru that he had had his leave extended by 10 days courtesy of Waiganjo.

Njeru told the commission that if he tried to defy orders given to him by Waiganjo, the latter would call the PPO and a man he alleged to be Matthew Iteere, the former police commissioner and place them on speaker phone. He cited an incident where a businessman was robbed of Sh2.5 million along the Mau Narok Njoro road.

"At the time, I was seated at an entertainment spot having a drink with Waiganjo when the report came. He immediately volunteered his vehicle to follow the robbers and while on our way to the scene, he called the police commissioner to inform him of the incident. He then passed the phone to me to talk to the so called commissioner but the line on the other end went dead," Njeru testified.

Njeru told the commission how Waiganjo became fixated with closing Farmers Inn, a popular entertainment spot in Njoro. He claimed that Waiganjo got M'mbijiwe to issue orders to order him (Njeru) to conduct raids at the bar and swear affidavits in court claiming that all criminal activity in Njoro was planned at the spot.

Though Njeru initially resisted to swear the affidavit, M'mbijiwe prevailed upon him to write and sign the affidavit. He presented the affidavit to the commission. Njeru admitted that parts of the document filed in court were false.

The Farmers' Inn owner, Timothy Githongori said he fell out with Waiganjo after the latter wrote him a cheque two times which were dishonored for lack of funds.

Githongori said Waiganjo wrote him a cheque worth Sh100,000 for the purchase of two thorough bred dogs. The cheque was never honoured leading Githongori to repossess the dogs.

In December, Waiganjo entertained his guests at the hotel and left a Sh6,000 bill. "When I asked him to pay, he came to the hotel, sent me the amount via Mpesa and told me that I would regret harassing him to pay the amount," Githongoro said.

He said it was soon after this that the police raided his hotel for the first time. The raid was conducted by Njeru and Waiganjo and all his bar attendants were arrested and only released after he presented his liquor license and other documents to the court.

He said he complained about the harassment to M'Mbijjiwe who dismissed him with the words:"Who does not know Waiganjo in Kenya?"

Githongori said that the frequent harassment and intimidation only came to an end when the head of the civil service Francis Kimemia visited Njoro on December 24, 2012. During the visit, the business community told him of the harassment and intimidation that they were facing from Waiganjo.

"Kimemia told us that the DC had made him aware of our complaints and action was being taken. A week later, I saw Waiganjo in the papers being labeled an imposter," he said.

The hearings at the Nakuru Old Town Hall continue till Tuesday when the interdicted anti stock theft unit boss Remy Ngugi and M'mbijiwe are expected to testify.

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