• The suspect who had been placed under custody at the police station had told the officers that he was a Mr Walter Musimi which turned out to be a lie.

• Athi River South sub-county police commander Mary Njoki confirmed the impersonation claims.

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A man who was arrested for allowing his 9-year-old son to drive has been accused of stealing a driving license.

A man reported that the suspect in police custody had impersonated him. He said the suspect had given police officers his details as his own.

The suspect who had been placed under custody at the police station had told the officers that he was a Mr Walter Musimi which turned out to be a lie.

The real Walter Musimi said he learnt of the impersonator after he read on the media about a father who had been arrested in Athi River for allegedly allowing his underage child to drive along Mombasa road.

This, he said, prompted him to get to the station and raise his complaints.

The suspect had his national identification card bearing his real identity during the arrest which he later surrendered to investigating officers after the complainant emerged.

Athi River South sub-county police commander Mary Njoki confirmed the impersonation claims.

Njoki told the Star that more criminal charges will be pressed on the suspect following the new developments.

"It's unfortunate that the suspect impersonated another man who has since reported the matter to us. He had earlier told the officers that he was a Mr. Walter Musimi but we found out he was using another man's details.  The complaint claims he had earlier lost his driving license, a matter that he promptly reported to the police," Njoki said.

Njoki confirmed that the suspect produced his national identification card, proving the impersonation claims.

She said the DCI had already taken up the matters and active investigations were underway.

“The suspect will be arraigned at Mavoko Law Courts on Thursday to face the first charges of unlawfully allowing a minor to drive a vehicle against the law as investigations into the impersonation and theft claims continue,” Njoki said.

The suspect was arrested after his nine-year-old son was found driving along Mombasa Road on Wednesday.

Njoki said the incident happened at around 0700 hours.

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