Police officers living beyond their possible means and income brackets will be investigated for involvement in crime and corruption, and action taken against those found culpable, David Kimaiyo, the inspector general of police said on Wednesday.
Kimaiyo, who was speaking in Mombasa said some officers were living lavishly and had acquired enormous wealth through suspicious means, pointing towards their involvement in crime and corruption.
“I expect you to make reports on officers who appear to be living far beyond their known means for the necessary action to be taken because such characters are the ones involved in crime and each officer must be able to account for his lifestyle,” Kimaiyo said, in a statement he read at the 8th Administration Police Service Commanders annual conference.
The inspector general regretted that several police officers had tainted the name of the Kenya Police Service through engagement in corruption and crime like armed robbery, that had been widely highlighted in the media, and thus subjected the service to embarrassment.
“Such acts by those involved adversely affect all the good stories of reforms which we have been crusading. It is now time that every commander is held accountable and answerable for the actions of their officers,” he said.
He said this barely a week after an administration police officer was arrested among a gang of four suspects at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi over involvement in robbery with violence within Mombasa.
He warned officers allowing personality and egos to affect their inter-service relationships that they would be transferred and disciplined.
“Failure to adhere to fair administrative practices leads to frustration and discontent and it is to blame for cases of junior officers turning their guns onto their seniors and to themselves.”
Kimaiyo also visited the Mombasa Divisional Criminal Investigations Officer, Ndumba Thangarani at the Mombasa Hospital where he is admitted after being attacked and shot by gangsters in Tudor estate last month.