A robbery victim who reportedly found his attackers manning a police desk” as he went to report the incident was misquoted, Police have said.
Machakos police boss Samuel Mukindia rubbished the claims saying the robbery victim, Javason Kiendi, did not say the officers he found manning the desk at Machakos police station were the same people who robbed him.
Mukindia said Kiendi was misquoted by a section of the print and social media and that he (Kiendi) was only comparing the robbers with the officers.
Kiendi, 33, had narrated how three men in a saloon car had seized him moments after he had withdrawn cash from a bank in Machakos town on Friday.
He said the thugs robbed him of Sh390,000 and dumped him in a bush in Konza.
When he went to report the incident at the Machakos Police Station, he claimed two police officers refused to record his statement.
As a result, Kiendi likened the officers to the thugs as he lamented the lack of justice. This appears to be where he was misquoted, according to the police.
The county police commander said he interviewed the victim who confirmed that he withdrew money on the said day and was robbed.
“He went to report the matter at Machakos Police Station but didn’t do so since he was impatient and left,” Mukindia said.
Mukindia said Kiendi became impatient after he found the officers on duty attending to an elderly and disabled man.
“He left the station in protest without recording his statement. He was told to wait as the old man was being attended to but he did not.”
He said Kiendi moved to the DCI office at the same station but was referred back to the report office.
The Commander said Kiendi later sought assistance at Makueni DCI offices where he filed a report which was referred to Machakos DCI offices.
Mukindia said the Machakos DCIO has taken over the case and has assured Kiendi that police will arrest the culprits and recover the stolen money.
“The victim has testified that he was misquoted. He told the police officers who were interrogating him that he can identify the robbers.”