The National Police has condemned claims linking the Deputy Inspector General (IG) of Police Edward Mbugua to a love triangle with a junior cop and his wife.
According to a news report by a local publication, it is alleged that Mbugua had stolen the wife of his junior, Wycliffe Ombede.
In a letter to the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), the service has dismissed the claims stating that the media house did not bother to question nor did they authenticate the veracity of information.
“They didn’t even bother to crosscheck their information with the Deputy IG as an interested person, nor with the police spokesperson who could have been helpful in the circumstances,” read part of the letter.
According to the service spokesperson Bruno Isohi Shioso, the false publication has caused ridicule and open embarassment to Mbugua within the service and general public.
“We as NPS find this action by K24 to be unprofessional,” stated Bruno.
However, the service confirmed that the love triangle publication was factual but had nothing to do with DIG Mbugua but with John Mbugua, a Kenya Revenue Authority officer.
“The reality of the matter stands that a love triangle exists between the junior police officer’s wife and one namely John Mbugua (not Mbugua DIG-KPS) as alleged,” read the letter.
“The love triangle has culminated in a criminal prosecution between the mentioned parties and such information is in the public domain.”
Ombede is said to have received a call from a man who introduced himself as his boss and told him to keep away from his wife or suffer dire consequences.
“The man who took my wife called me and introduced himself as my boss then further revealed that he is the Deputy Inspector General of Police. I didn’t believe it because I did not expect someone of Mbugua’s caliber to threaten his junior as he did,” Ombede told the publication.