Citizen TV investigative reporter Purity Mwambia was vindicated after two suspects were caught with police attire.
A police officer and a civilian were apprehended on Monday, April 26, by detectives in Changamwe, Mombasa County, after they reportedly attacked and injured a policeman.
The two suspects wore police uniforms when they attacked a police constable (PC) who was dropping off two security guards from a police station. The guards had recorded statements in a robbery case they had witnessed.
"Two people wearing police jungle uniforms flagged him down and when he stopped the two attacked him.Police attire seized from two suspects in Changamwe, Mombasa on Monday, April 26, 2021
"As he was trying to defend himself, he was able to recognise one of them as a police officer," a police report reads adding that the PC incurred injuries on his right hand.
The PC reportedly called for backup from Changamwe station, and who helped track the two suspects. The police officer leading the gang was apprehended while wearing a police smoke jacket and had one tear gas canister.
"He was transferred to Dadaab Police Station in 2020 but had his residence within Changamwe where his family used to stay.
"His residence in Migadini was raided and several Government items recovered. All seized items were placed in custody awaiting further police action, the police report added.
According to the police, the civilian, a 29-year-old man, was dressed in a police smoke jacket too, military trousers and a jungle hat.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti, had discredited Purity Mwambia's investigative report dubbed Guns Galore (Silaha Mtaani). The feature, aired on Citizen TV, alleged that thugs hire guns, ammunition and police attire from law enforcers at charges ranging between Ksh 1,000 to Ksh 200,000.
Kinoti stated that the media house did not consult the police or relevant stakeholders before airing the piece. He further alleged that the AK 47 gun, a pistol, handcuffs and police uniform the reporter allegedly purchased from police officers weren't properties of the National Police Service.
A section of Kenyans called on Kinoti to acknowledge the reporter's feature story, especially after the arrest of the two suspects in Changamwe.
"This is proof that Purity Mwambia's story was true despite police denying it," Rose John said in a response to the police report shared on social media pages.
"Acha tumngojee Kinoti aje akanushe kwamba hizo si sare za police (Let's wait for Kinoti to deny that the uniforms seized weren't police attire)," Damaseno Marani added.Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti addresses the media on Thursday, March 5, 2020.Simon KiraguKenyans.co.ke
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