Former police boss Iteere denies ever meeting Waiganjo
Former Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere has denied ever meeting or having any direct contact with alleged police impostor Joshua Waiganjo during his time at the helm.
Appearing before a Nakuru court, Mr Iteere who had been severally linked with the appointment of Waiganjo at the service told the court that he came to know of Waiganjo’s operation at the service after the botched police operation in Baragoi in 2012 when an inquiry report was presented at his office.
Mr Iteere who distanced himself from the matter in his testimony told the court that he was never aware of Waiganjo’s operation at the service, adding that it was the work of the seniors at the provinces to raise queries before the police headquarters.
He refuted allegations that Mr Waiganjo enjoyed immense powers and protection from him, terming it misleading since his first meeting with him was in the court.
Mr Iteere, however, acknowledged the fact that Mr Waiganjo had been employed by the Police Service in 2003 as an urban police reservist and was discharged from duty on April 21, 2004 through an official letter after the disbandment of the urban police reservist.
Further, he stated that Waiganjo, worked at the service for one year as an Inspector of police for the reservist and there was no way he had been re-employed after the disbandment, adding that the letter presented by Waiganjo as an appointee in the position of Assistant Commissioner of Police in 2004 was not genuine.
In his statement, he said that it was impossible for a police officer to move from the rank of a police inspector to an Assistant Commissioner of Police saying it was improper and has never happened.
He denied ever appointing Waiganjo at the police , saying that the highest ranking position at the reservist was as an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) that was operational until its disbandment.
Iteere had been summoned to testify in a case where police impostor Joshua Waiganjo, former Rift-Valley Provincial Police Officer John M’Mbijiwe and former Anti-Stock Theft Unit Commandant Remy Ngugi were charged with abuse of office.
The former police bosses are facing charges in relation to Waiganjo’s illegal recruitment and operations within the police force in 2012.
They are accused of allowing the alleged imposter unwarranted access and use of police vehicles including an aircraft besides allocating him an armed personal driver contrary to the law.
Asked if he ever called Waiganjo on phone, Mr Iteere gave out his number to the defense counsel asking them to scrutinize his calls during his time at the service and establish if he ever communicated with Waiganjo.