Po­lice of­fi­cer charged with steal­ing gun


A po­lice of­fi­cer was yes­ter­day charged with steal­ing a firearm and han­dling stolen prop­erty.

Con­sta­ble Ed­win Nyariki Otiso was charged along­side a civil­ian, Jus­tus Nyamwaya Aunga.

They de­nied the charges be­fore se­nior mag­is­trate Hellen Onkwani and were each re­leased on Sh500,000 cash bail.

The pros­e­cu­tion had told the court that it had been re­ported at the GSU head­quar­ters by Sergeant Robert Munene of Pres­i­den­tial Es­cort Unit ar­moury that the firearm – a Jeri­cho pis­tol loaded with 15 round of am­mu­ni­tion – was miss­ing on Oc­to­ber 29.

It had been sur­ren­dered to the ar­moury the pre­vi­ous day by Con­sta­ble Ti­tus Kos­gei. Upon in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Con­sta­ble Nyariki was found to have been ab­sent from duty and his where­abouts were un­known.

Last Satur­day, he reap­peared at Ruiru GSU camp and he was ar­rested and handed over to of­fi­cers from the Fly­ing Squad.

“On in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he led the of­fi­cers to Kawang­ware 46 where the firearm was re­cov­ered from Mr Aunga, a civil­ian. The firearm is sus­pected to have been stolen dur­ing the re­cent skir­mishes in Kawang­ware,” the pros­e­cu­tion said.

The po­lice are also seek­ing to ar­rest two other sus­pects in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

The case will be heard on March 5, 2018.

Chaos hit Kawang­ware fol­low­ing the re­lease of re­sults of re­peat pres­i­den­tial poll held on Oc­to­ber 26.

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