Five suspects were apprehended by Narok police after they were discovered harassing liquor shop owners while posing as Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials.
The five were hounding the business owners, alleging that they had not complied with KRA requirements and demanding large bribes. They were led by a rogue officer who is currently on interdiction and faces impersonation cases in various courts.
According to a statement issued by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Wednesday, the shop owners became suspicious of the five and notified nearby police, who arrested them.
“The traders, who were waiting to make a killing from herders experiencing a sudden financial windfall from increased sale of animals as the country heads for Christmas holidays, protested the harassment and rushed to the in-charge DCI Narok for assistance,” wrote DCI on Twitter.
“The officer immediately mobilized a contingent of officers who rushed to the town and rounded up the officials.”
Leah Wanjiku, Ann Wagio, Thomas Mwangi, Davies Simiyu, and the leader, Police Inspector Urbanus Kioko, were discovered with forged badges and other fraud-related tools.
“Assorted ATM cards, seizure notices, KRA stamps and KRA staff badges were recovered from the suspects and documented as crucial exhibits,” wrote DCI.
The five will remain in police custody as they await arraignment.
They face charges of impersonation, extortion, forgery and other allied offenses.