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Waiganjo conned police inspector, court heard

04 October 2013, 20:24 Joseph Njung’eh

Mombasa- A former police inspector was conned KES.50,000 by the alleged ‘fake cop’, Joshua Karianjahi Waiganjo, a court heard Friday.

Waiganjo was in the pretext that he would recruit inspector Daniel Kago Gachanja’s brother-in-law into the police force.

Gachanja informed Chief Magistrate Wilbroadah Juma that Waiganjo pretended to be a senior police officer with connections to senior government officials and security chiefs.

While appearing in court as a prosecution witness, Gachanja a former police inspector in Mombasa, narrated how he met Waiganjo during a police seminar in Mombasa.

Gachanja said he, together with other 13 families whom Waiganjo was allegedly assisting for their kins to be recruited in police service realized that they were being conned after a planned visit by AP commander Chief, by then Kinuthia Mbugua, failed to materialize.

He further said that in the midst of their conversation, Waiganjo was receiving phone calls from senior police officers in the country  and spoke to him in Kikuyu.

The court heard that Waiganjo had also promised Gachanja a promotion saying that he was to be the Malaba Officer Commanding Station (OCS).

“He told me that I would be transferred to Malaba police post as OCS. I was so happy and I gave him KES.10,000 as a token of appreciation,” Gachanja said.

Waiganjo is facing five counts of fraud after he obtained KES. 280,000 from three different men in Nyeri County in the pretext that he would assist them to enroll in police college.

Waiganjo was recently jailed for two years by a Nakuru court for been illegally in possession of police uniform contrary to the law.

In the matter he is represented by lawyer Charles King’ori Mwangi as the case continues.

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