A case where a police officer pursued robbers up to Gatundu only to be transferred for arresting the criminals has exposed Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro.
Mr Samuel Barongo Ongote who heads Flying Squad in Nakuru, went to court accusing DCI boss Ndegwa Muhoro of â€œpunishingâ€ him for arresting suspects in a high-profile robbery alleged to involve junior police officers.
MrÂ Barongo wasÂ transferredÂ after he busted the robbery on July 15 in Salgaa along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway where mobile phones, computer accessories and garments worth Sh70 million were stolen from a trailer on transit.
Most of the goods were recovered in Gatundu and eight people â€” including police constable Mr Peter Gachie and a 70-year-old woman â€” charged in court.
The suspects have denied the charges. Mr Barongo insists Mr Muhoro wants him out of the case for unknown reasons.
â€œI pursued the suspects to Lanet where I arrested the officers that are now under probe. I believe my transfer is linked to the ongoing investigations since no other reasons have been given sinceÂ I have been in Nakuru for only one and a half years,â€ he says in court papers filed by his lawyerÂ Solomon Mburu.
â€œYou cannot victimise a police officer for doing his job. The Director of Criminal Investigation will be at liberty to provide proof of all processes that were followed to arrive at the transfer decision in the middle of a high profile investigation,â€ he said.
He says the transfer will jeopardise his impending retirement in the next two years after serving the countryÂ â€œgracefully and diligently for 34 yearsâ€.
â€œI have a family and such an abrupt transfer goes against my interests especially now that I am preparing the leave office with a clean record of having served this country honourably. To transfer me to Marsabit is in bad faith,â€ he said.