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Fake cop charged with attempting to strike police officer with a machete

By Joseph Ndunda February 3rd, 2023 2 min read

A suspected police imposter who was arrested with military uniforms in Huruma, Nairobi is facing charges of personating a police officer contrary to section 10 (b) of the penal code.

Mr Philemon Okumu has been charged with falsely presenting himself as an employee of the National Police Service (NPS) a police corporal and his two colleagues constables Kelvin Karanja and Kelvin Orambui of Huruma Police Station on January 31, 2023.

Mr Okumu is also facing charges of attempting to strike one of the officers with a panga with an intention of causing him grievous harm. This is addition to a charge of possession of public stores contrary to section 326 (2) of the penal code after he was found wearing a pair of military trousers believed to be a property of the NPS and reasonably suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

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Mr Okumu was also charged with plotting to commit a felony contrary to section 308 (1) of the penal code after he was allegedly found with the panga in question.

Also, the accused person is facing another charge of resisting arrest by police officers while in due execution of their duties in contravention of the section 103 (a) of the NPS Act of 2011.

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On the material day, the three police officers were on foot patrol in the area around 2am when they saw five men in military uniforms. The three officers identified themselves and asked the five to identify themselves. Instead, one of the suspects drew a panga and attempted to slash PC Karanja on the head.

In the ensuing commotion, the other suspects fled but Mr Okumu was subdued, disarmed, arrested and subsequently locked up at Huruma Police Station.

He denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Mary Njagi of Makadara Law Courts and released on Sh200,000 with a surety of a similar amount without an option of a cash bail. The case will be mentioned on March 28, 2023 before hearing starts on August 28, 2023.

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