Interdicted police inspector nearly killed by mob while masquerading as KRA official

Interdicted police inspector nearly killed by mob while masquerading as KRA official

  • The officer identified as Inspector Davis Simiyu of Kikuyu police station and two others walked into Heisenberg wines and spirits on Wednesday night masquerading as Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials. 

A senior police officer who is reported to have been interdicted was Wednesday night arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from a liquor store owner at Runda estate in Thika, Kiambu County.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the officer identified as Inspector Davis Simiyu of Kikuyu police station and two others walked into Heisenberg wines and spirits on Wednesday night masquerading as Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials. 

After purporting to conduct an inspection, the three turned to the owner David Mathenge and accused him of failing to issue ETR Tax invoices to customers and selling products with fake excise stamps thus demanding for a hefty bribe. 

"They were not happy when Mathenge remained adamant that he was a diligent taxpayer operating his business legitimately, the three attempted to arrest him," read the statement.

"All this while, a visibly disappointed group of the characteristic young men who hover around liquor stores was all eyes, watching the unfolding events from the periphery as the purported KRA staff ransacked their local."  

The DCI further stated that Mathenge raised an alarm after noticing that the three were rogue officers with the intent to extort his money.

Responding to the alarm, the irate mob chased after the three after which Simiyu was cornered and started raining kicks and blows on him. The said rogue officer's accomplices managed to escape in a getaway car. 

Police officers on patrol came to Simiyu's rescue before the angry mob could lynch him.

"Police officers who were on patrol heard the commotion and rushed to the scene in time to save Simiyu, before the mobs’ blows and kicks reached his vital organs," added the DCI.

Simiyu was then arrested and detained pending arraignment.

He is facing three court cases at the Nakuru and Milimani Law courts for the offences of impersonating KRA officials.

"It is after interrogation that the officers established that Inspector Simiyu was a rogue cop on interdiction," said the DCI.

A fake KRA identification document was also recovered from him.

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