General Service Unit officers marching at GSU Training College during a past pass out parade. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

A former General Service Unit (GSU) officer linked to terrorism was arrested Friday morning by a  multi-agency team of security agents in Mombasa County.

The former policeman, who was identified as Constable Joseph Kariuki, was arrested at around 1am by the team of officers led by Anti-Terror police unit.

Kariuki was arrested at a guest house in Ganjoni area in Mvita Constituency. Mombasa DCIO, Hussein Bakari said the man is a deserter who has been on the run.

“A joint operation was conducted where our officers raided the house where the officer was hiding. The officer is attached to Ruiru R Company and is wanted for terror related offences and recovery of cache of weapons in Ruiru,” said Mr Bakari.

He said the police officer will be transferred to Nairobi where he will be arraigned in court.


Ruiru Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss David Chebii, who is handling the case, said the former officer had escaped police dragnets.

The arrest comes, a few days after another former GSU officer attached to the Kilgoris field company, who also deserted duty, was arrested in a swoop in Nairobi’s Kayole estate.

Constable Wycliffe Odiwuor Amolo was among 47 suspects arrested in Kirima and Buruburu farm in Kayole during a security operation.

The GSU headquarters said the officer had deserted duty and was hiding in Kayole.

At least three officers, including one attached to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Police Station, have been charged in court in the last two months for deserting duty.