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Four Eastleigh police deserters back on duty without being charged

Four police officers from Eastleigh police post who were officially declared deserters last month by their commander are back on duty but were not charged in court as per the regulations, investigations by Nation reveal.

The four are Inspector Tom Nyanaro, Corporal Naftali Muthui, Corporal Robert Nyamweno and Constable Diducus Oyugi.


But even as they resumed duty, mystery still surrounds the whereabouts of a suspect who was allegedly arrested in Eastleigh by detectives from a special unit who were accompanied by the four officers.

The detectives went to Pangani police station and requested the assistance of four police officers in arresting a suspect within Eastleigh.

They introduced themselves and their counterparts from the police accompanied them.

The suspect, who had just arrived in the country from the US, was arrested and taken away to unknown location. The officers were known by the residents and witnesses also saw the suspect being taken away in an unmarked car.

The detectives did not book the suspect at Eastleigh police post nor Pangani police station, claiming that they were going to question him further at undisclosed location. The suspect was never released nor charged in court, prompting the family to demand for his whereabouts.

The detectives were not identified, but the police brief to the headquarters identified the four Eastleigh-based officers.

Investigations indicated that some senior police officers within the county and the division were thoroughly briefed about the facts of the case.


Though the officers could be reached, it was not immediately established why a commander went ahead and drafted an official signal to the headquarters, declaring them deserters.

When Nairobi News published the story on May 19, one of the officers went back to the station and inquired why the signal declaring them deserters was sent.

On Sunday, the Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome said that he had not been briefed about the case and sought more time to comment.

Records show that on May 17, Starehe OCPD Alice Kemei sent a brief to the police headquarters indicating that the Inspector, two Corporals and the Constable could not be traced and were consequently declared deserters to all police stations to trace and arrest the officers who have been declared deserters.

Sources indicated that after the incident, Inspector Nyanaro was transferred from Eastleigh police post to Kariobangi police station but did not report.

According to section 94 of the National Police Service Act, when it is established that an officer has deserted duty, any police officer may arrest that officer without a warrant, and immediately take him to court.


Police records also indicate that cases where police officers desert duty have increased in the recent past.

Last week, Constable Geoffrey Ndau, who had deserted duty on September 27 last year, was traced and arrested in Kayole after absenting himself from duty for about seven months. A warrant of arrest had been issued by the Makadara Law Court on November 30.

Another senior officer, Chief Inspector William Chepkwony of Kisauni police division headquarters, was also arrested in Kayole’s Matopeni estate while still armed with his official firearm, a Ceska pistol loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition. He had been declared deserter on May 3.

Langata OCPD Elijah Mwangi also reported that Constable James Nderitu based at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) who had been declared a deserter was arrested at the Langata shopping centre while in possession of fake currency totaling to Sh11, 000. The court had already issued a warrant of arrest against the Constable.