Woman Rep Aspirant Nabbed Impersonating Police During Live TV Interview

Fridah Wangechi | 2 years ago
The impersonator identified as Monica Wamaitha COURTESY

It is never a dull day in Nairobi as police were in for a rude shock after watching an impersonator live in an interview on Royal Media's Kikuyu television station ,Inooro TV ,where she had been invited as a panelist.

The suspect who was donned in full police uniform elicited suspicion over her credibility as she appeared to delve into political matters in her interview, which was odd as police officers are prohibited by the constitution from engaging in active politics as they are members of the executive.

Police agents quickly established that the impersonator identified as Monica Wamaitha was in fact a civilian and is an aspirant for the Nairobi Woman representative position under the Usawa Kwa Wote party.

"Police officers based at Kilimani Police Station today received information of an ongoing interview at Inooro TV hosting an alleged uniformed female police officer as a panelist. Doubting the credibility of the interviewee, police officers rushed to the TV station from where they arrested Monica Wamaitha Gitau, a civilian and an aspirant for the Nairobi Women MP seat in full police uniform,” the NPS said Wednesday, June 29 in a statement released on its social media accounts.

She was taken into custody and the law enforcers have stated that she is currently assisting them with investigations for the offense of impersonating a police officer.

NPS advised media houses in the country to do their due diligence on who is invited to participate in such interviews especially for officers of the law.

The police also urged the media houses to seek clearance from the Police Spokesperson or County commanders in the event they want to conduct an interview with a law enforcers.

“To avoid similar incidences in the future, National Police Service wishes to advise all Media Houses to always liaise for clearance with the Office of the Police Spokesperson or respective regional or county commanders over all requests for interviews with police officers,” NPS noted.

This comes just two weeks after the NPS was compelled to release a statement dissociating itself from claims made by a lady captured in a viral clip that she was a police officer who was threatening to make arrests at a club over alleged crimes conducted by revellers.

The lady who in the clip looked rather inebriated was at the entertainment joint where she seemed to get into a disagreement with the patrons and started issuing threats of arrest identifying herself as an Inspector General of Police in Nairobi County which according to her gave her the leeway to arrest and search their belongings.

NPS stated that she was not a police officer, but an impersonator who was attached to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

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