On Tuesday morning, a police officer identified as Benson Imbatu attached to Kabete Police Station shot dead his wife Carol and five others before he turned the gun on himself leaving everyone in the forces, including Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, concerned.
While condoling with the family of the fallen cop, Matiang'i called for more caution among the men and women in uniform. He wants them to live decent lives devoid of drama.
“We are saddened by the shooting and we condole with the families of those affected. As the probe goes on, we understand, for now, that it is linked to a love triangle,” Matiang’i said.
Due to the incident, the CS asked police officers to ensure that they give details about the kind of unions they were in to the Human Resource department in the National Police Service.
The CS also said that it was high time religion was involved in order to have all the officers conduct formal weddings.
He said that the move will reduce delays in payment of the fallen police officers because of issues that arise after they pass on.
Matiang’i said that currently there are very many cases in which women have sued officers claiming to be their legitimate wives.
K24 Digital has established that the officer who was involved in the shooting was about to retire from the service.
However, locals said that he had only lived with the woman he allegedly killed for just a month.
“Even the public should understand that members of the forces also undergo mental challenges and other pressures, including drugs and substance abuse,” CS said.
He was speaking at the ATPC Embakassi during a commemoration service for police and prison officers who have fallen in the line of duty.