Police Imposter: Kenya’s Internal Security Minister Should Resign
Statement by the Kenya Red Alliance (KRA)
The attention of the Kenya Red Alliance has been drawn by the shocking news that a former matatu tout, Joshua Karanjai Waiganjo, has been posing as the Deputy Provincial Police Officer of Rift Valley and an Assistant Police Commissioner for over five years without detection.
According to the story, Waiganjo has been using his position to “sack” junior officers, attend “high powered security meetings” while he is reported to have flown in police helicopters to “assess security situations” at trouble spots across the country. It is very shocking that since this imposter was discovered, no senior government official has issued any comprehensive statement over the issue. The National Intelligence Security Services (NSIS) and the Minister for Internal Security have all remained silent as the scandal unfolded. This is unacceptable.
While Waiganjo is said to be facing charges in court, the fact that he could pose as a senior police officer of the ranks mentioned raises a lot of questions about the State of Kenya and its security.
The immediate puzzle is how someone could have penetrated the police force to an extent of assuming such high ranks and for such a long period of time without detection. Who is the real DPPO in Rift Valley and how could someone else have posed as the DPPO for such a long time without detection? Was Waiganjo drawing a salary and if the answer is “Yes”, how could a ghost worker in the police force get his name on the payroll and draw a salary for such a long period of time without detection by anybody?
Obviously, the DPPO reports to the PPO. Who was Waiganjo reporting to and how comes that Waiganjo’s immediate boss did not notice that he was an imposter right from the beginning? Does the PPO ever get to meet the DPPO in the cause of duty? What is the procedure for hiring senior police officers of the rank Waiganjo assumed and how did he manage to fool the whole police bureaucracy for such a long time without detection? Was Waiganjo acting alone or is there a senior member of the government who assisted him in his schemes?
Waiganjo was not invisible and took photos with several senior police officers while he was in uniform. How comes that no one detected that something was not right? How could a total stranger attend high calibre security meetings without being noticed and, in any case, where did Waiganjo get the several police uniforms and badges that were recovered in his house soon after his arrest? In view of the sensitivity of the issues, where was the National Security Intelligence Services (NSIS), the CID and other Intelligence organs of the government as Waiganjo engaged in one of the most spectacular impersonation of high ranking police officers without detection and for such a long time?
If Waiganjo could stage such a spectacular show without detection by the government’s top Security and Intelligence services, what else are crooks getting away with in the Department of police in Kenya? To what extent was the security of the Rift Valley compromised and who is responsible for this gigantic failure?
As a matter of protocol, both the NSIS and the CID are well represented at Provincial Headquarters across the country. How could someone assume such high ranking titles without drawing a single suspicion for such a long time and where are Kenya’s security officers trained?
In view of the many questions which cannot immediately be answered in relation to Waiganjo’s case, it is the view of KRA that the Minister for Internal Security, NSIS boss and the CID boss should resign over the scandal as investigations continue. As the custodians of the country’s security, the three Institutions have failed in their duties and the best possible action is for those heading these Institutions to resign as Kenyans await for the outcome of the investigations.
Chairman, Kenya Red Alliance