Residents of Mairo-Inya in Nyandarua County were Monday night treated to a drama after an Administration Police (AP) driver threatened to shoot a senior police instructor outside a bar.
Witnesses said the AP driver was in the company of Igwamiti Deputy County Commissioner Julia Irungu when the incident happened.
Ms Irungu, who is from the neighbouring Laikipia County, was driven to the pub by the AP officer in a police Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle where she joined her friends in Mairo-Inya, Ndaragwa Constituency.
A witness who was in the same pub said he heard commotion from outside and on checking he found the two in a heated argument as the administrator watched quietly.
“We rushed outside and found the two police officers in a heated argument. The instructor threatened the AP driver with dire consequences stating that he was his senior. He accused the AP driver of being disrespectful to him. It is at this point that the AP removed a gun and threated to shoot the other officer,” said the witness.
The AP driver was disarmed by police officers from Mairo-Inya Police Station, prompting him to drive at a high speed leaving the administrator behind.
But Laikipia County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha said the incident happened in a narrow path within Nyandarua County.
“I am informed that the two officers were driving on a narrow path from opposite directions but none would give way. The AP driver got angry, alighted from the police Land Cruiser and threatened to attack the other officer,” said Mr Kyatha.
He said the matter is under investigations by police in Nyandarua where the incident happened.
The county commissioner said he could not tell what business the administrator had in Nyandarua late at night while in a government vehicle.
“What she was doing there is also subject to investigations. We have instructed the police to firmly investigate and deal with the case. We are not going to spare anyone. The law must take its course. The gun from the AP driver is in the safe custody of the police,” said Mr Kyatha.
Nyandarua County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich confirmed that the incident is under investigations by senior police officers from Ndaragwa Sub-County, but said disciplinary action against the DCC and the AP officer will be taken by his Laikipia counterpart.
“Administratively, the two officers are from Laikipia County, but the officer is being investigated for misuse of a firearm. It’s a matter of disciplinary action since no one was injured in the incident,” said Mr Cherutich.