, THARAKA Nithi, Kenya Dec 4 – A Police officer on Saturday night shot dead his wife in Tharaka Nithi, the latest such incident involving law enforcement officers in the country.
The officer identified as Collins Wafula of Marimanti Police station is reported to have opened fire on Grace Opiyo who was also a police officer at the same station.
Tharaka Nithi South Police chief Dominic Mukoma told journalists that the two had been living as a couple and only differed at the report office last night.
“We are investigating to find out what happened because these are people who were cohabiting,” he said.
He said they are investigating to establish what led to the shooting as they plan to charge the accused who was disarmed and locked up.
Cases of police officers shooting each other have been on the increase in recent months.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet is yet to make public a report from an inquiry set up to investigate causes of police shootings involving colleagues.
The most recent incident involved an Administration Police officer who was arrested after shooting his colleague dead in Tigania East.
Available statistics show that up to three police officers are shot and injured or killed by their colleagues every month, raising serious concerns in the country.
On July 14, an officer went on a shooting spree killing six colleagues during a day-long siege at Kapenguria Police Station. He also shot and killed a Recce Squad officer who was among an elite team that stormed the station on a rescue mission that eliminated him.
There are also cases where police officers have shot themselves dead, the latest being at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where a female police officer Gaudencia Wausi Muinde killed herself in the toilet using a pistol. Postings on her Facebook page prior to the incident showed that she was frustrated and had alluded to taking her own life.
A senior police officer aware of recommendations in the inquiry report on police shootings on colleagues told Capital FM News that poor working conditions, low pay and low morale is to blame for most of the cases.