Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested three suspects, among them a Kenya Defense Forces – KDF officer for allegedly stealing a firearm in Kirinyaga County.
According to the DCI, the three were arrested at Windridge Chai Estates in Juja following a thorough investigations into the incident that happened in Kirinyaga in November.
In a statement on December 24, the DCI said the three allegedly stole the firearm from a stuck licensed firearm holder.
“A Kenya Defense Forces officer and two civilians are in police custody after they were arrested at Windridge – Chai Estate in Juja for stealing a firearm from a stuck licensed firearm holder in Kirinyaga on November 25, 2023,” said DCI.
DCI Arrest KDF Officer
Likewise, the suspects identified by DCI as Sergent Wiliam Kabuu attached to KDF Kahawa Garrison was in company of his female accomplice at the time of the arrest over the weekend.
“Sgt William Kabuu Wageni, 54, attached to KDF Kahawa Garrison, his female friend identified as Salome Kimani and 25-year-old Benson Wanjau Wakiai were arrested this weekend by a joint operations team from DCI Juja and DCI Headquarters,” said DCI.
Further the DCI noted that after their arrest the suspects were later escorted to Wang’uru Police Station in Mwea East where the firearm loss had been reported.
Events that led to the Incident
According to the DCI, the incident, occurred on November 25 where the male victim driving in his Toyota Prado had traveled to check on his farm in the county’s Kianda area.
However, according to DCI, along the way, he got stuck in a murram road for hours.
At the time, members of the public came to his aid pushing his car out of a slippery ditch by 8.30pm, where after he returned home.
On arrival, the 56-year-old realized that his mini-CZ loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition which he had secured in his car during the recovery efforts was missing.
Investigators said the victim returned to the scene the same night searching for the firearm until 10pm but could do little to trace anything in the dark.
Also, efforts to ask around the neighborhood the following morning proved futile, until police stepped in, exploring all intelligence leads until the recovery of the firearm in Juja, Kiambu County.
After checking the Pistol, officers said at least six rounds of ammunition were missing and that investigations are underway to determine how they were used.