NAIROBI, Kenya, April 11 – The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has directed that two top cops suspended over police impostor Joshua Waiganjo’s saga face abuse of office charges.
The case against former Rift Valley Provincial Police Chief (PPO) John M’mbijiwe and former Anti Stock Theft Unit Commandant Rimi Ngugi will be prosecuted by counsel from the DPP’s office “due to the nature, gravity and complexity of the matter.”
During the investigations launched by the National Police Service Commission into impostor’s case, M’mbijiwe was accused of allocating vehicles to Waiganjo for his personal use while knowing full well he was impersonating a police officer, and Tobiko believes the findings of the investigations into the allegations are strong enough to secure convictions.
In a letter to the Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro, Tobiko says M’mbijiwe should be charged “with abuse of office contrary to Section 101 of the Penal Code on account of allocating Waiganjo a motor vehicle registration number GKA 796S on various occasions for his own errands while he knew or had reason to believe that Waiganjo was not entitled to such allocation.”
M’mbijiwe will also face charges of allowing Waiganjo and his brother Gerald Maina to fly in a police helicopter to Baragoi when they did not qualify for such a mission.
The former PPO will also have to answer for directing the West Pokot police boss David Wambua to open a police reservist file for Waiganjo, when he knew he was a fraudster.
Ngugi will be charged with allocating a car to Waiganjo for personal use for a number of trips to Kitengela while not having the authority to do so.
Tobiko has recommended that former Police Commissioner Matthew Iteere records a statement after M’mbijiwe defended himself saying that in all his interactions with Waiganjo, he had been under the impression that the impersonator had been appointed by Iteere.
“Iteere has not recorded a statement. He should be accorded an opportunity to do so in answer to allegations made against him,” Tobiko directed in his letter to Muhoro.