A Kenyan man has been charged after allegedly pretending to be an assistant commissioner of police for five years. Joshua Waiganjo, also known as John Mwangi Maina, is said to have sacked and recruited police officers in Rift Valley province during this time.
He denied two counts of impersonating a police office, one of illegal
possession of police uniforms and one of robbery with violence. He was reportedly uncovered after flying on a police helicopter to
investigate a massacre of officers.
In November, at least 42 police officers were killed by cattle rustlers in
the Suguta valley - the most deadly attack on police in the East African
After pleading not guilty on all four charges, the case was adjourned to
allow Mr Waiganjo to seek medical treatment for diabetes. Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said that Mr Waiganjo had
not been paid a salary by the police service.