The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Ex-Policeman Appeals to CJ

A 46-year-old ex-police officer dismissed from duty 18 years ago has appealed to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to speed up his case filed in 1995.

Emmanuel Ochieng said the case is against the then Mombasa police boss Godana Jarsa who he alleged assaulted and unlawfully confined him.

Ochieng said the circumstances under which he and his colleague Christopher Odero were dismissed from the force in April 1995 is still unclear to them.

Speaking to the Star yesterday, he said the case has taken 18 years since he was fired and 10 years since the matter was taken to court.

Paul Oduor his fellow police constable is working and has been promoted to an Inspector of Police despite being arrested and falsely imprisoned over their matter.

The aggrieved former police officer now resides in Kibera slums in Nairobi while doing only odd jobs at building and construction sites in Kitengela.

"We were dismissed following investigation over the alleged theft and syndicate involving some senior police officers at the Mombasa central police station on April 5 1995," he said.

Ochieng, force number is 61797 claimed that on April 6, 1995 they got information that a relief cargo worth thousands of shillings allegedly diverted to market.

He said the cargo was from Mombasa Port was later reportedly stored at a secret ware house near Shimanzi along Zanzibar Road in Mombasa.

"We acted on information we received before I and my colleague known as Christopher Odero of force number 60977 were arrested," he said.

Ochieng said they were arrested when trying to find out what was happening in a private warehouse belonging to a Somali businessman.

"We were quickly driven out of the scene in a taxi to the station and were in custody for two weeks while allegedly being tortured," he said.

He said their mission at the said private warehouse was only to demand from him a clearance documents from the port for the goods he was handling in his store.

Ochieng added that the owner immediately started making phone calls via his cell phone only for a taxi carrying police officers to arrive at the scene.

According to him at the time of their arrests, another police constable Paul Oduor had also been arrested earlier after he too tried to carry out investigation on the matter.

"Oduor was arrested only to be released later under unclear circumstance after being assaulted and wrongfully confined in custody at the Mombasa central police station," he said.

Oduor who was then a police constable instituted a case against the former Mombasa central police boss Godana Jarsa for alleged assault and wrongful confinement in 1995.

Godana Jarsa is now a retired Senior Superintendent of Police after serving in that capacity in Nyanza and other regions.

Ochieng said he was granted a chance to join in Oduor's case in 2004 court in Mombasa court where he sought to be reinstated to his job.

Ochieng want IG David Kimaiyo to launch investigation over the matter for him to be reinstated to his job.

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