Police officers in Mathira, Nyeri County, have arrested an Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officer for attempting to bribe a DCI officer.
A police report filed at Kiamachimbi Police Station on Wednesday evening indicates that the suspect, John Kinyua, approached Deputy Sub County Criminal Investigating Officer Obed Mulunga at around 3pm over a land dispute.
At the time, Mulunga was in the company of colleagues Inspector Lucy Mbugua and Police Constable Matthew Chelelgo. Kinyua allegedly requested to converse with Mulunga privately, hence the other two left for home.
The suspect is said to have “acquired a tittle deed in order to defraud a parcel of land belonging to his uncle namely James Muriuki which is within Ngandu area in Mathira West mr bk 980498 about 2 kilometres from the station.”
He went ahead to offer Mulunga a KSh200,000 bribe for assistance to not be taken to court over the case. Oblivious that the DCIO had signalled his colleagues back to the office, Kinyua brought in some colleagues.
The two, D. Nyaga and Anthony Nudi, claiming to be officers, said they “had come to report a case of a Forcible Detainer of a parcel of land belonging to their Aunt.”
Turn of Events
Mulunga’s colleagues Mbugua and Chelelgo came in at that point, and things went south for Kinyua and his two accomplices.
Chelelgo reportedly searched Kinyua’s pockets where he retrieved KSh150,000 in denominations of KSh1,000 notes. Meanwhile, officer Mbugua recorded a video of the search and inventory of the money recovered.
In panic, Nyaga and Nudi called some people whom they claimed were colleagues from Nyeri. This is after they were asked to produce their IDs but refused, insisting they too were officers.
Nyeri County Police Commander was informed of the incident, where he ordered for Kinyua’s arrest and the money be kept as exhibit by Mathira West sub-County Police Commander.