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Fake Police Saga: How do you not know your deputy?

11 January 2013, 11:25 Paul Orodi

The Kenya Police force has of late come into public limelight as a force that is corrupt and unprofessional right from the top ranks.

In less than two weeks, close to three imposters have been discovered in the police force and this has caused a stir among members of the public.

The most famous of police scandals is that involving one Waiganjo Joshua Karajahi who impersonated a top cop for five cool years.

Posing as a whole deputy commissioner, Waiganjo comfortably worked in the company of top officers and even went to the extent of boarding police choppers and having security escorts.

How he did all this will soon come to light.

However, his story has rocked the police force with senior officers being suspended pending thorough and conclusive investigations.

Among the senior cops to be let go is Rift Valley PPO M’Mbijiwe John and his predecessor Munyambu Francis who until suspension was the Central province police boss.

What has shocked the nation is that all senior ranking officers have denied having met or interacted with Waiganjo.

This is absurd as it pegs the question as to how these officers actually interact and what level of secrecy is maintained among the top cops.

A day after Waiganjo was arraigned in court, the former commissioner of police Mathew Iteere made a statement to the effect that he had never promoted Waiganjo and neither had he ever met him.

The question that arises from this statement is; how can you be the commissioner of police and never interact with one of your deputies for five years?

Furthermore, your deputy is serving in a security troubled area and you have never interacted with him - how does that sound?

When you are the senior most officer of any organization even if it is a multi-national company like Coca Cola and you have a region where trouble seems to be the order of the day, it is automatic that you will want to know who is handling business there.

This concludes that you will want to meet your representatives in that specific area who in this case are the provincial police boss and his deputy who are in fact deputy commissioners.

These are very high ranking officers in the force and with the frequent cattle rustling in the province and Merille incursions or rather attacks on Kenyan communities, it is only logical that several meeting must have been held between senior officers in the province and the country’s chief of police at the time.

These meetings were obviously necessary in order to have the commissioner briefed on various security situations in the region.

For Iteere to deny ever interacting with Waiganjo is a sign of either poor leadership skills or a complete lie.

This issue is just a tip of the iceberg and personally, I think there is more than meets the eye in this newly revealed saga.

The newly appointed Inspector General Kimaiyo has come into office and is expected to clean up the entire force.

I think where he has started off from is the perfect spot; the top.

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