Man arrested on claims of posing as police yet again
Posted Thursday, January 3 2013 at 22:00
- Family says the region’s police command was aware of suspect’s role
A man said to be posing as a senior police officer has been charged with various crimes before a Naivasha court.
The offences against Mr Joshua Karianjahi Waiganjo ranged from robbery with violence to impersonating deputy Rift Valley Provincial Police Officer, and unlawfully having police uniform.
He appeared in a Naivasha court on Wednesday, shortly after 2pm, before senior principal magistrate Esther Bhok.
Mr Waiganjo had in 2003, been charged with a similar offense of impersonating a police officer before a Molo court, and was jailed for six months.
On August 16 last year at Kikopey Trading Centre, the charge sheet read, Mr Waiganjo, together with others not in court, violently robbed Mr Mwangi Njoroge of his lorry and mobile phone all valued at Sh4 million.
He faced another two counts of impersonating a senior police officer with the Anti-Stock Theft Unit at Gilgil and Njoro.
Mr Waiganjo was also charged on January 1, this year, with possession of assorted police uniform at his homes in Gilgil and Njoro, which he had unlawfully obtained.
He denied all the offences and was remanded at the Naivasha Police Station after the prosecution objected to his release on bail saying it had not completed its investigations.
On Thursday, Mr Waiganjo’s family told the Nation that the region’s police command was aware of his role.
A family member who did not want to be named expressed shock at comments by Rift Valley provincial police boss Mr John M’Mbijjiwe appearing in the media, that he did not know the man accused of using his position as a senior policeman to extort money, among other serious crimes.
The source said the man identified as Waiganjo told his family he had been elevated to head of police reservists in Rift Valley region, and even showed pictures taken with senior police officers inside police choppers on security missions such as in Baragoi, where several policemen were killed in a bandit attack recently.
The source said the man would visit his rural home in a police vehicle full with a designated driver, and said it was unfair for the police high command to deny they knew him, now that he had been caught engaging in criminal activities.
In 2003, Mr Waiganjo had been charged with posing as a bodyguard of the then Rift Valley Provincial police boss Stanley Mbuvi.
He had gone to the Molo Police station and asked for a vehicle to “ferry a goat to his boss in Nakuru”.
Police Flying Squad unit boss Nyale Munga who was in charge of Molo CID at the time, recalled how Mr Waiganjo was arrested.
“It’s so surprising that he might still be in the same game,” said Mr Nyale.
Then Molo police boss Herbert Khaemba, presently serving in the same capacity in Oloitokitok, recalled the 2003 incident.
He told Nation how Mr Waiganjo confidently walked into his office like someone conversant with the police formalities. He identified himself as a bodyguard of the Provincial Police boss and asked the divisional chief let him use his official vehicle.