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KOT bash IG Mutyambai for “dragging feet” on officers caught on CCTV breaking into bar

Kenyans have called out Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai for not arresting uniformed police officers who were in March caught on CCTV breaking into a bar Soweto, Kayole.

Six officers broke into the bar, which at the time had already closed business to comply with the government’s curfew rules, and made away with cash and carted away crates of alcohol.

The IG, at the time, directed the Internal Affairs Unit to investigate the appalling incident.

Last week, Mutyambai said the incident was the subject of an active investigation based on the CCTV footage.

“It would be premature to speak about it before a conclusive report is submitted and the complainant briefed on the same. Should the officers be found culpable then action will be taken,” he said.

However, Kenyans on social media accused the IG of dragging his feet in dealing with the errant officers despite the existence of CCTV footage that captured them looting.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Tell your attention to get drawn here 😉 <a href=”https://t.co/v5z1RvaMaf”>pic.twitter.com/v5z1RvaMaf</a></p>&mdash; Captain (@koechpt) <a href=”https://twitter.com/koechpt/status/1389005135435780096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The impunity in our police force is unparalleled and there is very little/nothing in terms of policy the current government and your leadership is doing to improve this</p>&mdash; Kibet B. Gilbert (@xKibet) <a href=”https://twitter.com/xKibet/status/1388871054844641282?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>This is where your attention draws the line <a href=”https://t.co/TzdbXAuwdx”>pic.twitter.com/TzdbXAuwdx</a></p>&mdash; Kenn 🇰🇪 (@Kennitez1) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Kennitez1/status/1388851835755286530?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Senior, na hii demolition squad ni sub contractors wamekodesha vifaa watarudisha asubuhi, ama ni your mboys wanafanya community policing? please clarify, we want to see something😩 <a href=”https://t.co/ad8ppGQoPy”>pic.twitter.com/ad8ppGQoPy</a></p>&mdash; joeyblaQ (@joeyblaque33) <a href=”https://twitter.com/joeyblaque33/status/1388840142669062146?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>And up to date there are NO preliminary investigations results to this police stealing. <a href=”https://t.co/J7HBUFF98d”>pic.twitter.com/J7HBUFF98d</a></p>&mdash; Fessy Jay (@fessy_jay) <a href=”https://twitter.com/fessy_jay/status/1388836722100813832?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 2, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

Moses Mwangi, the owner of Mossy Tavern Bar and Restaurant, said the officers, who were dressed in regular and administration police uniforms, first broke down the bar’s metallic door using metal rods before proceeding to the counter to help themselves.

In the footage, one of the police officers, can be seen accessing the counter through the counter grill and removing drinks and handing them over to his colleagues.

The bar owner, said he had complied with government requirements and wondered why the officers who are supposed to be protecting citizens were now the ones stealing.

“I am a hardworking businessman who respects the law. I have the documents the government gave me to run my business and now they are hurting me. What does the government want me to do?” the proprietor posed.

Mwangi claimed to have lost about Sh122,000 and unknown amount of assorted drinks.