, NAKURU, Kenya, Jan 4 – The family of a man accused of impersonating a senior police officer has said their kin was recruited into the force by former Police Commissioner, Mathew Iteere.
The described the ex-police commissioner as a close friend to the suspect, Joshua Waiganjo and that the two were in constant communication.
The family said Waiganjo could only take orders from Rift Valley Provincial Police Officer, John M’mbijiwe.
They said that Waiganjo’s first stint with the police was in 2002 when he was taken in as a police reservist but this was short-lived after former police commissioner Major General Hussein Ali disbanded the group.
The family added that Waiganjo went back to his father’s farm in Njoro and worked as a tout using a family matatu before being re-absorbed into the force as a senior superintendent of police and was posted to the Nakuru PPO’s office in 2009 when Iteere took over.
Waiganjo’s father, Bishop Iphraim Karianjahi said M’mbijiwe was also a close friend to his son and that he attended several occasions at his home the latest being last Christmas eve.
The old man showed the press pictures of M’mbijiwe attending the funeral service of Waiganjo’s grandmother last August while accompanied by the suspect and other senior police officers in the region.
He added that the PPO gave his son a goat which was grazing in the compound as a wedding gift.
The bishop recalled how his son called him around September last year to inform him that he had been promoted by the commissioner of police to the rank of assistant commissioner of police.
The family showed several photos of an operation conducted by senior police officers in Rift Valley in Baragoi area of Samburu County on October 30 which their son attended.
According to Bishop Karianjahi, the misfortune afflicting his son dates back to that operation conducted 10 days before approximately 40 police officers and police reservists were killed in an attack by cattle rustlers.
He said after coming from Baragoi, his son told him that he had been summoned by Deputy Police Commissioner Julius Kosgei to record a statement about the operation.
Karianjahi claimed that his son confided in him that the Rift Valley PPO did not want him to go record the statement and had prevailed upon Iteere to direct him not to record the statement but he eventually went and recorded the statement at the police headquarters.
The bishop revealed that his son was using anti stock theft unit commandant Remy Ngugi’s car whenever he was working and at other times, he would use a green land rover belonging to the PPO’s office.
Contacted for comment, M’mbijiwe said he was away from Nakuru on official business and he could not comment on the matter on phone.
He said he would give a full report later.