Witness:Waiganjo was confidant of Kinuthia Mbugua
04 March 2014, 19:59
Nyeri - A man, Joshua Karianjahi Waiganjo who is accused of impersonating senior police officer was a confidant of former Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua, a witness told a Nyeri court on Tuesday.
Beatrice Wangui Theuri told chief magistrate Wilbrodah Juma that Waiganjo promised to recruit her to the police force if she would meet the proposed requirements.
Wangui said she met Waiganjo via her cousin Daniel Kago who had been promised to join the police force and could not hesitate to inform others of the exercise.
“I made a phone call to Waiganjo and we planned to meet on October 9, 2008 at Silent Lodge Restaurant in Othaya to complete the deal,” said the witness.
She met Waiganjo who was accompanied by two men, who introduced themselves as police officers and also other recruits.
“He had demanded that I give him KES 130,000 to confirm the deal and issued me the recruitment form. I handed him the money in an envelope and they conducted a short interview with us,” Wangui added.
Waiganjo had introduced himself a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and stated that recently he was promoted to Senior Police (SP) rank.
He informed the ‘recruits’ that the exercise in Othaya was a special recruitment because of then President Mwai Kibaki.
Waiganjo further informed the ‘recruits’ that the money was to go to the AP commandant, currently the Nakuru county governor Kinuthia Mbugua.
“Waiganjo was entrusted with the recruitment exercise,” said the witness.
After the interview, the ‘recruits’ signed a document which Wangui said they were not allowed to read the details of and Waiganjo promised to get back to them later,informing them of the reporting dates.
“From then we never heard of him any more and his phone went off,” she said.
However, Waiganjo’s lawyer King’ori Mwangi put the witness to task to clarify why she believed that she could be recruited in the police service by Waiganjo.
“He introduced to me as a senior police officer and I met his requirements including the amount of money he wanted. He was also known to my cousin Kago,” Wangui responded.
Waiganjo is faced with four counts of fraud and impersonation which he allegedly committed in 2008.
He is charged that on diverse dates between August 6 and October 16, 2008 with intent to defraud he pretended to be a Senior Superintendent of police attached to the General Service Unit (GSU) headquarters in Nairobi.
The case was scheduled to continue on April 15, this year when the investigating officer will appear in the court to give evidence.
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