The gunman who carried out the Kapenguria police station siege and left at least seven officers dead was a policeman and not a terror suspect.
Police constable Abdihakim Maslah was posted to the Kapenguria station but had been serving at an outpost.
Sources said the officer began shooting his colleagues before he was killed by GSU commandos. OCS and three officers at Kapenguria alongside one of the commandos in the rescue operation lost their lives in the Kapenguria police station siege.
Reports also show that the police officer from Garrissa had applied for resignation but his application was rejected by authorities.
“He recently graduated from Police College in Kiganjo and he was under the radar of police over his behavior. He had been unhappy over a number of issues,” said an officer on the ground.
The officer who hailed from Garissa county graduated from the Kiganjo police training college in 2013.
A good number of sources said Maslah was furious that his boss re-assigned him duties.
The sources said he had wanted a transfer but was refused of it. The refusal had caused problems between him and his commanders before he opted for resignation.
Another source with knowledge of Kapenguria police station siege said the officer had gone off duty on Wednesday night before he returned to the station at about 5.30am on Thursday.
On arrival, he tried to open the cells for a suspected al Shabaab terrorist who is a teacher by profession. He then grabbed a gun and shot at his colleagues after a confrontation.
Maslah is said to have shot at officers who tried to enter the station from a strategic place of hiding. He was shot dead after the arrival of the General Service Unit Recce squad.
Police had thought the gunman behind Kapenguria police station siege was a terror suspect who had been arrested on Tuesday.
IG Joseph Boinnet said the gunman was a suspect arrested over links to al Shabaab, who turned violent, grabbed an officer’s weapon and shot the four dead.
Reports had indicated the man was arrested at Nakwijit area in North Pokot subcounty.
But sources said terror suspect and teacher Omar Eumond (pictured below), who was supposed to be in court today, was alive and in the cells.
South Rift regional commissioner Wanyama Musiambo could not confirm whether Masla was a policeman.
He told a press conference in Kapenguria that he could not comment as investigations were ongoing.
Suspects in cells were evacuated and none of them was injured, he said.
West Pokot county commissioner Wilson Wanyanga confirmed OCS Vitalis Ochido was killed.
He did not give details of the attack saying they were awaiting other reports.