Police impostor Joshua Waiganjo has declared that he will vie for the Njoro parliamentary seat in the coming general elections.
Even though he is serving a five-year jail term after he was found guilty by a Naivasha court of impersonating an assistant commissioner of police, Waiganjo, who masqueraded as a senior police officer for years without detection, has exuded confidence that he will oust the incumbent Mr Joseph Kiuna and be the next Njoro Member of Parliament.
“My being in court is not a hindrance at all,” he stated confidently in an exclusive interview at the Nakuru Law Courts yesterday where he had gone for hearing of his case.
He went further to state that his dented image would not stand in the way of his political ambitions, stating that nearly all prominent leaders in the country have faced serious charges or have served jail terms.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto were facing serious crimes against humanity at The Hague when we elected them,” he stated.
Waiganjo, who is serving his sixth month of the five-year term, was busted in 2013.
Mr Waiganjo who is serving his sixth month of his five year term hit headlines in 2013 after a businessman raised an alarm after Mr Waiganjo arrested and assaulted workers at Farmers Inn Club in Njoro town and accused them of operating without a valid license.
He was also captured in photos inspecting a guard of honour by Kenya Forestry guards during a graduation ceremony at Londiani, Kericho County.
He was charged alongside former Rift Valley Provincial boss John M’Mbijiwe and former Anti-Stock Theft Unit Commandant Michael Remi Ngugi. They were accused of abuse of office and misuse of government resources, among other charges.
Mr M'Mbijiwe and Mr Ngugi have denied the charges which include cushioning Mr Waiganjo.
Mr M'Mbijiwe is alleged to have ordered a “personal” file opened in Mr Waiganjo’s name to pass him off as a police reservist on November 23, 2012.
He also allegedly allowed the fake cop to ride in a police helicopter during a sensitive security mission to Baragoi, Samburu on October 30, 2012 prior to the Suguta Valley massacre where 42 police officers lost their lives.
Mr M’mbijiwe further faces charges of ordering a police boss under him to release two lorries to Mr Waiganjo in August 30, 2012.
Mr Ngugi on the other hand is accused of allowing Mr Waiganjo unlimited access and use of police vehicles in addition to allocating him a personal police driver identified as Corporal Joel Mopel.
The pair are each out on a Sh2 million bond.
Mr Waiganjo said he has gained many skills while in jail and even graduated with two Diplomas in Psychological Counselling and Theology.
“It is time I give back to the society if I win the appeal,” he said.
He told the incumbent Njoro MP to be ready for a bruising battle in 2017, arguing that he has not helped his people in fighting crime.
“My Njoro people, you will not cry again. Pray that my appeal succeeds and things will never be the same again,” he said.
He said that while serving as a ‘police officer’, he helped build and equip various police posts in Njoro among them Mauche and Piave Police Posts.
“I was able, through my influence, acquire a police land cruiser for Njoro Police Station, a thing that area MP Joseph Kiuna could not,” he said.
Former Njoro police boss Peter Njeru Nthiga told a Nakuru court late last year of how Waiganjo ordered a new vehicle for his station and it was delivered in a record three weeks.
About his court case, he cited former Mt Elgon MP, Fred Kapondi who was elected while serving a jail term.
“I can also vie while in jail. Raila Odinga and Koigi wa Wamwere were also incarcerated,” he said.
He said once released, he will hold a mega rally in Nakuru town and Njoro as his homecoming party.
Mr Waiganjo is out on a Sh 4 million bond in a separate robbery with violence case, pending before a Nakuru court.