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District Commisioner impersonator arrested as he refuses frisking at Naivasha

By By ANTONY GITONGA | October 1st 2013


Nakuru County: Drama unfolded outside a hotel in Naivasha after a man impersonating the area DC was arrested as he tried to fleece members of the public.

The suspect had threatened to arrest the hotel guards while stating that he had been posted to the lakeside town as the new DC. He even threatened to shoot them if they insisted on frisking him.

According to a witness, Simon Mwangi, the man arrived at the hotel and refused to be searched by the guards.

The witness further told how the man went ahead to brag that he was the incoming Naivasha DC and he would not agree to be humiliated.

“He insisted that he was a senior officer and even tried to manhandle one of the guards, forcing the management to be called in,” he said.

Cornered, the suspect changed his story saying that he was a retired government officer but he could not produce documents proving this.

 Naivasha OCPD Charles Kortok said the suspect would be arraigned in court to answer to charges of impersonation and threatening security.

“The suspect refused to be searched and tried to masquerade as a senior government officer before he was arrested,” he said.

Meanwhile, scores of people were arrested over the weekend for violating the ‘Mututho laws’ in Naivasha.

Also arrested were bar owners and waiters in an operation carried out by regular police officers across the town.

Many of those nabbed were drinking beyond the stipulated hours while others were found in unlicenced bars.

The police boss termed the operation normal, adding that it would continue until all bar owners and patrons obeyed the law.

He called on the traders to observe the law, adding that the operation would be spread to the town’s environs.

“All the suspects arrested will be taken to court to face various charges and the operation will continue,” he said.

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