A Naivasha court has finally granted bond to police imposter Joshua Waiganjo, four years since he was taken into in custody.
Naivasha chief magistrate Dominica Nyambu released Waiganjo on a bond of Sh 500, 000 and a surety of the same or an alternative cash bail of Sh200, 000.
In 2015, Waiganjo was jailed for five years for impersonating a police officer, one year for dressing in police uniform, and six months each for three charges of being in possession of government stores. The sentences were to run concurrently. He was also cleared of robbery-with-violence charges.
Early this month, the High Court, however, suspended his sentence and ordered a fresh trial. Judge Christine Meoli quashed the sentence noting he did not undergo a fair trial as crucial evidence was left out during the hearing.
Waiganjo requested the court to grant him bail, saying he was suffering from diabetes and it was not his fault that the case was set for a fresh hearing.
Waiganjo shot into the public limelight in 2013 when he was charged in court for posing as a senior police officer in Nakuru for five years. He was discovered after flying on a police helicopter to investigate the massacre of officers in Baragoi.
Waiganjo to enter politics
Speaking after the ruling, Waiganjo said he will now focus his energy on campaigning to capture the Njoro parliamentary seat, which he is contesting as an independent candidate.
IEBC cleared Waiganjo to vie for the Njoro parliamentary seat in the August 8 polls in March this year following a letter to the commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati dated February 13, where he sought clearance to vie.
Waiganjo had cited article 99 of the constitution to argue his case.
According to IEBC Chairperson Wafula
According to IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati the Constitution does not bar a convicted person from vying provided the person was still pursuing an appeal against his sentence and the same had not been determined.
“The commission agrees with your accord to Article 99 of the Constitution regarding the qualifications and disqualifications from vying for a parliamentary seat, indeed the Constitution does not bar a convicted person from vying provided one is still pursuing an appeal against his sentence,” Chebukati said in a reply letter to Waiganjo.