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Wealthy policeman fails explain source of riches

19 February 2015, 20:59 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - A senior police officer from Kiambu County was Thursday put to task to explain his sources of wealth during a vetting exercise by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).

Gatundu Sub- County Administration Police Superintendent, Josephat Kimuhu was at pains to explain how he runs a bar in the neigbouring Murang’a County while still in the police force.

Kimuhu revealed to the Johnstone Kavuludi-led commission that he runs a bar and restaurant at Saba Saba town in Murang’a County which has a profit of about KES 30,000 per month.

Commissioner Mary Owour wanted to find out why and how he handles the conflict of interest in fighting proliferation of illicit brews and drugs while at the same time, the officer was operating a bar on the side.

“I sell only legal brews and I have employed six workers who operate the bar. I visit there when I'm off duty since it is 50 kilometers away from my work place. The workers strictly follow Mututho laws,” explained the officer who is due to retire in June next year.

But Kimuhu who has been in the service for 36 years complicated the matter when he said that he uses his Toyota Probox vehicle to ferry beer.

Kimuhu was also at pains to explain how he accumulated KES 5 million in cash which was in his bank account by late last year.

The panel told him to furnish the tax declaration report of the last two years.

At the same time, former Nyeri central OCPD, Adiel Nyange was also put on the spot over a case in which five youth were brutally murdered at Tagwa forest in Kieni East Sub-County.

Nyange confirmed that he received a letter from Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) in March last year after the youth were murdered.

Nyange, who is now officer in charge of Machakos Divisional Headquarters, caused laughter in the session when he explained that he once became bankrupt by investing in quail business only for it to collapse in the year 2013.

Others who were grilled included superintendent of police Joshua Suiyanka who was based in Nyeri but currently now at National police headquarters.

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