IG Mutyambai Goes After Officers Caught Stealing on CCTV

  • CCTV cameras in Nairobi
    CCTV cameras in Nairobi
  • Update Tuesday, March 9: Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has taken action after CCTV footage captured officers breaking into a bar,

    In a statement on Tuesday, March 9, the IG directed Internal Affairs Unit to probe incident which occurred at Mossy Tavern Bar and Restaurant in Soweto area, Nairobi County.

    The police broke down the doors using metal rods and reportedly made away with over Ksh122,000.

    A CCTV footage captured six police officers reportedly breaking into a bar in Soweto, Kayole, on March 7. 

    The owner of Mossy Tavern Bar and Restraurant, Moses Mwangi accused the police of stealing Ksh122,000 and other valuables. 

    In the footage seen by Kenyans.co.ke, five officers were dressed in administrative police uniform whereas one was in regular police uniform. The latter was seen breaking down the bar’s doors using metal rods.

    He then accessed the counter through the grill and began to remove crates of alcohol, handing them over to his colleagues.

    CCTV footage captured the police officer stealing crates of alcohol on March 7
    CCTV footage captured the police officer stealing crates of alcohol on March 7

    Mwangi while speaking to members of the press on March 8, said that the incident occurred past curfew hours. 

    “We had already closed by 9 pm on Sunday in compliance with the government’s regulations when the uniformed police officers broke into my bar and stole crates of alcohol and money stored in the safe box.

    “I do not understand why those who are supposed to protect our businesses turn out to be the thieves. I have all the documents one is required to have in order to run a bar and restraunt business. My employees and I also have documents showing that we took the Covid-19 test,” Mwangi said.

    Speaking to K24, Kayole Division OCPD, Paul Wambugu, however, said that he had not received a formal complaint about the incident.

    “I urge the owner of the affected business to file a formal complaint so that action can be taken against those police officers,” Wambugu said.

    Cases of police being accused of robbery have escalated over the past years. 

    In December 2020, a police constable based at Ruiru Police Station was arrested in connection to a crime where Ksh5 million was stolen from an accountant.

    In August 2020, the police also launched a manhunt for a cop who was believed to have stolen police uniform from a store in Industrial area.

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