A case in which police officers were caught on CCTV camera breaking into a bar in Nairobi’s Kayole area before stealing money and crates of beer is still under investigations.
According to Inspector General (IG) of Police Hillary Mutyambai, the subject is an active investigations based on the CCTV footage and the officers will face the full wrath of the law if found culpable.
IG Mutyambai was responding to a Kenyan who had expressed concern whether the said officers, caught on camera breaking the very law they are supposed to preserve, will be brought to justice, during the #EngageTheIG forum on Twitter.
“This is a subject of an active investigation based on the CCTV footage. It would be premature to speak about it before a conclusive report is submitted and the complainant briefed on the same. Should the officers be found culpable then action will be taken #EngageTheIG,” the IG said.
Moses Mwangi, the owner of Mossy Tavern Bar and Restaurant in Soweto cried foul after his business was raided on Sunday, March 7, way past curfew hours.
“They broke in shortly past midnight and left at around 1 am,” he said.
CCTV footage reveals all
Six men dressed like administration police officers, armed with AK47 rifles, are seen breaking into the bar, before destroying the metal grills at the counter to get through it.
One of the six men is seen climbing over the counter from the opening created after destroying the grills.
He then pulls crates of beer, and other items wrapped in sacks from under the counter and hands them over to his colleagues outside.
So ‘careless’ were the robbers that they left behind teargas canisters.
“We had already closed by 9 pm Sunday to comply with the government’s COVID-19 regulations on operating hours for bars and restaurants. Uniformed police officers broke into my bar,” Mwangi said. “I urge the authorities to investigate the matter. I am a businessman who pays his taxes like others, I need justice.”