Amid political tensions rocking all counties following the end result of the just concluded presidential elections, a police Constable was reported for stealing firearms.
The police constable Edwin Nyariki Otiso, together with his accomplice Justus Nyamwaya Aunga- a civilian- were arraigned in a Nairobi court on Friday, November 10, where they were charged for stealing guns and ammunition belonging to the police.
The court heard that the case was first 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 after it was surrendered to the armoury the previous day by Constable Titus Kosgei.
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But upon much investigation, it was found that the Police Constable, Nyariki was absent from duty and his whereabouts were unknown only to reappear lat Saturday at Ruiru GSU camp.
There he was arrested and handed over to officers from the Flying Squad and after much interrogations, he led the officers to Kawangware 46 where the firearm was recovered from Mr Aunga, the civilian.
The firearm is suspected to have been stolen during the recent skirmishes in Kawangware.
They denied the charges before senior magistrate Hellen Onkwani and were each released on Sh500,000 cash bail.
The police are also seeking to arrest two other suspects in connection with the incident ahead of the next court hearing on March 5, 2018.
With the rise of political tension in Kenya today, there are fears that this could be hijacked by terrorists to disrupt the peace of the nations and this operation could successful if registered firearms, particularly from the police are used.
A few months back, a former policeman was reported to have stolen two pistols from the Buruburu Police Station armoury in Nairobi and had sold them to two people, among them, a politician, for Sh150,000.
Among those arrested was an aspiring Ward Rep who was believed to have bought the Taurus revolver and Ceska pistol. He was arrested after he was traced by the police in a robbery against a couple, in which the woman was raped.
Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome said one of the two pistols, belonging to the Kenya Police Service, was recovered from the suspect in neighbouring Umoja Estate.