Okello sues police over demotion in graft case

She was promoted to a corporal in 2008 and served for eight years with no complaint against her.

Friday February 26 2016

Ms Linda Okello during her visit to Nation Media Group. Ms Okello said on February 25, 2016 she was wrongly demoted from a corporal to a constable at a time she was due for promotion alongside other officers. PHOTO | GERALD ANDERSON | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ms Linda Okello during her visit to Nation Media Group. Ms Okello said on February 25, 2016 she was wrongly demoted from a corporal to a constable at a time she was due for promotion alongside other officers. PHOTO | GERALD ANDERSON | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MAUREEN KAKAH
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A police officer who shot to fame for wearing a skirt considered immodest for her profession on Thursday sued her bosses after she was demoted for allegedly being corrupt.

Ms Linda Okello said she was wrongly demoted from a corporal to a constable at a time she was due for promotion alongside other officers.

Through lawyer Tom Ojienda, Ms Okello said on January 14, she was arrested while on duty with two of her colleagues on Kiambu Road and subjected to disciplinary proceedings.

When she was arrested, she was allegedly found with a Sh1,000 note in her skirt pocket and was charged with corruption.

She argued that she was not accorded a fair trial since she was not allowed the time to call witnesses to testify in her defence.

She alleged that attempts to seek help from a senior officer so that she could be allowed to defend herself failed.

Ms Okello said the colleagues who were present when she was arrested gave contradicting evidence, which was used in passing judgement against her.

“Linda was not accorded sufficient time to prepare for her defence. This was totally unprocedural as it is against a right to fair hearing,” said Mr Ojienda.

CHALLENGING ORDER
Ms Okello joined the police on May 3, 2003, and was posted to Kisii.

She was promoted to a corporal in 2008 and served for eight years with no complaint against her.

She then joined the Traffic Department in 2009 and was posted to Kiambu.

She claimed she has no other channel to appeal against the decision made through a flawed process.

She is challenging the decision to have her demoted and wants it reversed.

Ms Okello has sued Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet, his deputy Jacinta Kinyua and the attorney-general.

The senior superintendent at the Traffic headquarters, Mr Julius Wanjohi, and the staffing officer, personnel, Mr Julius Ndung’u, are listed as interested parties.

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