Monday, October 8, 2012

Two suspects charged with impersonating police officers

By SAMUEL KARANJA samkache@gmail.com

A medical student and a security officer on Monday appeared before a Murang’a court for impersonating police officers.

Gideon Meme, a trainee at the Kenya Medical Training Institute in Murang’a and Daniel Mbuthia, a worker with security company G4S on escaped death narrowly on Sunday night after a mob attempted to lynch them for pretending to be police officers.

According to the area Deputy Police boss Meshack Kiptum, the pair was harassing patrons at a bar in Murang’a town claiming they were police officers.

Mr Kiptum said the revellers and members of the public suspected foul play and that was when they ascended on they attacked the suspects.

“After suspecting that the two were impersonating police officers, the public attacked them. Fortunately, they were saved from the irate mob by the police,” he said.

The Deputy OCPD said during the incident, one of the accused posed as OCS from Maua Police Station while the second pretended to be an officer from the same station.

While appearing before Senior Resident Magistrate Brenda Kituyi, the two were accused of harassing bar patrons within Murang’a town and threatening to arrest them on the night of October 7 this year.

They denied the charges and were released on a Sh50, 000 bond and surety of similar amount or an alternative cash bail of Sh25,000. Hearing of the case was set for December 4, this year.

'First Murang'a County judge'

At the same time, Murang’a residents are pleased with the Judiciary's decision to post the first judge in the county.

Justice Jairus Ngaa who will officially hear his first case on Wednesday will now deal with all matters pertaining to the High Court.

According to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Mr Kissinger Kakai, the move to promote the Murang’a Law Courts to a High Court was a constitutional requirement aimed at having such institutions in all the 47 counties.

“We already have created three new High Courts in Murang’a, Homa Bay and Kerugoya as we aim to comply with devolution,” he told the Nation on phone.

“We also want to bring justice closer to the people and also decongest the courts and ensure quick dispensation of justice,” added Mr Kakai.

He said the Murang’a High Court would be refurbished soon but added it was big enough to accommodate one judge and two magistrates as of now.

The judicial officer added the facility would be expanded later to accommodate two more judges depending with the demand.

Mr Kakai said the judge would help decongest the Nyeri High Court, which had cases referred to it from Murang’a.

He added that his office had written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keriako Tobiko requesting to have three to four state counsels posted to Murang’a.

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