BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH AUG,2021-Five police officers were Tuesday evening arrested over claims of robbery with violence while enforcing the Covid-19 pandemic curfew rules.
The constables of police are said to have arrested a man on August 12 within Ruiru Township for violating the curfew rules and handcuffed him.
One of the officers took charge of the man’s mobile, demanded his pin number and transferred Sh1,030 to another subscriber.
According to the complainant, the officer later transferred the money to another mobile phone and deleted the Mpesa message.
“This was to prevent me from sending the same to 456 for reversal,” said the complainant.
Kiambu county police commander Ali Nuno said when he saw the complaint on social media, he launched an investigation which took him to the offices of the mobile phone service provider.
“We confirmed there was an element of robbery. They had handcuffed this man and while armed they took away his mobile phone and transferred his money to their numbers,” he said.
Nuno said the matter had been taken to court where they obtained orders to scrutinize the officers’ mobile numbers as part of the investigations.
The police commander later led other senior officers to Ruiru police station Tuesday where the five officers who were on duty that day were arrested.
He said the group will be charged with the offence of robbery with violence contrary to section 295 as read with section 296 (2) of the Penal Code upon completion of investigations.
The owner of an M-Pesa shop that transacted the business and his employee were also arrested and are helping police with investigations.
The incident is yet a blow to police in terms of their image coming in the wake of the arrest of six officers over the death of two brothers in Embu.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has also directed that two top police commanders in charge of a police station where the two brothers died while in hands of police in Embu be interdicted.
Haji wrote to the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai on August 16 and directed the Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) and his Officer Commanding Station (OCS) Manyatta be investigated over the deaths.
“Additionally, I direct that further investigations be carried out into the role of the OCPD and OCS. Pending the same, I recommend that they be suspended from duty,” said the DPP in a letter to the IGP.
The directive was separate from an earlier one in which he ordered the arrest and arraignment of the six officers who were directly linked to the arrest of the two brothers.
The death of Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Mutura in the hands of police has caused uproar in the country as Kenyans called for justice for the two brothers.
The six officers were produced in court on Tuesday and police were allowed to hold them for 14 days.
Police are struggling to spruce up their image amid rising macabre incidents where they are involved. A new spokesman, Bruno Shioso has been named to help manage the crisis in the service.