K24 Digital has obtained CCTV recordings of uniformed police officers carting away crates of alcohol from a city bar, which had already closed business to comply with curfew rules.
Moses Mwangi, the owner of Mossy Tavern Bar and Restaurant in Soweto, Kayole, said the incident was captured on surveillance cameras on Monday, March 8.
“We had already closed by 9pm Sunday to comply with the government’s regulations on operating hours for bar and restaurants, when the uniformed police officers broke into my bar and carted away crates of alcohol and money stored in a safe box,” said Mwangi.
The CCTV recordings show six police officers -- dressed in regular and administration police uniforms -- breaking down the bar’s metallic door using metal rods.
One of the police officers, who was dressed in regular police uniform, is thereafter seen accessing the counter through the counter grill and removing several crates of alcohol, which he handed over to his colleagues, who were waiting outside.
The owner of the business, Mwangi, says the police officers broke into his bar a few minutes past Sunday midnight, a fact captured on Camera 5 of the CCTV recordings.
“At 1am, they left the business premises,” he said.
It is alleged the cops also breached the privacy of three patrons, who had lodged in three rooms adjacent to the bar.
Kayole Division OCPD, who is also the Njiru Sub-County Police Commander, Paul Wambugu, told K24 Digital he had not received a formal complaint about the Sunday incident.
“I urge the owner of the affected business to file a formal complaint so that action can be taken against those police officers,” said Wambugu.
Mwangi claims he lost Ksh112,000 and a smartphone that he had left in the counter box.