IG Joseph Boinett’s ‘impersonator’ dies under unclear circumstances

The late John Kibowen Cheboiwo when he appeared in court in 2016 Photo: Courtesy

On June 15th, a university student charged with impersonating Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet passed away under unclear circumstances.

John Kibowen Cheboiwo, a Kenyatta University student who was being remanded at Industrial Area Prison reportedly collapsed and upon arrival at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), was pronounced dead.

Following his demise, the family of Cheboiwo, who had been in remand for five weeks is demanding for investigations to be conducted into his death.

Speaking to Nation, the deceased’s mother Jane Anyango revealed that she was informed of her son’s demise two days after he passed away.

“I was told that the body had been taken to City Mortuary. I went there and found it. The records there indicated ‘sudden death’. We decided to take the body to Chiromo Mortuary and have another pathologist conduct an autopsy,” she stated.

Industrial Area prison gate

“At Chiromo Mortuary, government pathologist Johansen Oduor did an autopsy and said that Cheboiwo’s neck had injuries on the left side, part of his brain was swollen, and there were blood clots on the tips of his fingers. It does not add up that a person who collapsed could have signs of strangulation and such injuries,” the distraught mother added.

Impersonating the IG

Cheboiwo was charged with impersonating Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Ndegwa Muhoro and IG Joseph Boinnet on Facebook.

According to accusations levelled against him by the prosecution, he allegedly opened a false Facebook account in the name of DCI boss Ndegwa Muhoro, defrauding unsuspecting Kenyans of over Sh0.5 million.

He is alleged to have pretended that he would fast-track investigations into their cases.


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