Kenyan police are using Twitter to become known as crime fighters, not killers
NAIROBI — It’s unclear at first: Are we reading a true-crime novel, or are we on Twitter?
“The 45-yr-old dad, a local Jua Kali artisan, had gone to his son’s house to enquire on his habitual absenteeism from school,” the script begins, using a Swahili term for a metal worker in the informal sector.
He barges into his 21-year-old son’s room, “only to find him enjoying a romantic moment with a lady.”
Langata based Detectives are investigating how a civilian, Gregory Simiyu Mabele, donned in fatigues belonging to our sister service @APSKenya, impersonated a Police Officer and started conducting his self assigned, illegal night patrols in Langata’s Southlands area. pic.twitter.com/nmN07KJFi4
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) February 27, 2021
We are, in fact, on Twitter, and this is the account of Kenya’s esteemed Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). And yet the language only becomes more florid, even Shakespearean.
A patricidal stabbing allegedly occurs. The older man does not simply die: He “profusely bled, sliding into his death.” Our narrator assures us the younger man is in custody despite escaping an “infuriated mob.”READ MORE