‘Stealing’ Officer Released On Bond

James Gathogo Wandetto was arraigned before a Nairobi magistrate where he was charged with stealing a ceska pistol worth Ksh 150,000 and 15 rounds of ammunition between February 21st and 24th, 2015with an unclear motive.

While appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Joseph Karanja, Wandetto denied the charge of alleged theft. He was released on a 30 thousand shillings cash bail or a 50 thousand shillings bond.

The case will be heard on March 13th, 2015.

CHARGING OFFICERS

Police officers have in previous years found themselves at odds with the law.

In October 2014, two police officers were charged with the murder of 14-year-old school girl Kwekwe Mwandaza in Kwale County.

Inspector Veronicah Gitahi and Police Constable Issa Mzee denied the charges when they appeared before Mombasa High Court Judge Maureen Odero.

They were each freed on a bond of Ksh 500,000.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had directed the two be charged with murdering of the school girl.

Tobiko gave the orders following separate investigations conducted by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA).

The girl was shot dead at 2am on August 21, 2014, during an incident in which eight police officers stormed her family’s home at Mwawewu village in Kinango.

The police had raided the home with the aim of arresting her uncle, George Zani.

'CRIMINAL' POLICE

In 2013, a police report showed that Cases of police officers being involved in crime are on the rise.

The police report, which compared the first five months of the previous three years, said there was an increase in the number of officers reported to have been involved in various crimes.

Between January and May 2011, 18 officers were charged with various crimes, but in 2012, only 14 officers were charged.

Other officers who could not be named said most of the crimes that are reported are committed with the knowledge of their colleagues.

Former Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo had warned that the police service would not condone criminals in its ranks.

Kiamiyo had said they take such incidents seriously and a number of the officers had been dismissed and charged in court over criminal activities.

By Maureen Murimi