In Summary
  • Like the ceremonial formation march they exhibit during national holidays, their plans are methodical, coherent and well-planned. When they pounce, no one is safe.

  • Their insignia confer on them an unmatched advantage — authority.

  • They have guns assigned to them by the government, uniforms and, most importantly, a culture of silence that assures them of cover-ups by their colleagues.

The National Police Service Commission Tuesday warned the public to be on the lookout for a criminal who is armed and dangerous — but what should worry the public more is that he is a police officer gone rogue.

The announcement is a pointer to something terribly wrong with an institution whose motto is service with dignity. Some 48 police officers have been arrested and charged in court for various crimes over the past five weeks.

COVER-UPS

Like the ceremonial formation march they exhibit during national holidays, their plans are methodical, coherent and well-planned. When they pounce, no one is safe.

Their insignia confer on them an unmatched advantage — authority. They have guns assigned to them by the government, uniforms and, most importantly, a culture of silence that assures them of cover-ups by their colleagues.

The chilling confession of an informer of how Administration Police officers attached to the Syokimau AP Post kidnapped, detained tortured and then murdered lawyer Willie Kimani, Mr Josphat Mwenda — a client he was representing in a case of police shooting — and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri is the clearest pointer to the underworld activities of rogue police officers.

The 2016 murders of the trio sent shock waves across the country and served to pull back the veil that shields the rot in Kenya’s National Police Service from the public eye.

In a confession by police informer Peter Ngugi, which was read by Chief Inspector Geoffrey Kinyua, the court heard chilling details of how the three were abducted, detained at the AP post and then killed when night fell. Their bodies were then dumped in the Ol Donyo Sabuk River.

BANK HEIST

The confession came a day after three police officers were arrested for raiding a lodging and robbing two businessmen of Sh6 million. Another officer believed to be in possession of Sh2.5 million is on the run.

On September 26, a Kenya Defence Force (KDF) officer and three Administration Police constables were arrested in connection with a Sh72 million StanChart ATM heist in Nairobi West.

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