Missing Police Officer Who Was Fired Resurfaces After 9-Month Coma

  • A police officer who went missing and got fired for absconding duty was found fighting for his life at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

    Constable Rueben Kimutai went missing in December 2020 after he was to proceed on leave. His family never saw him and in January 2021 he did not report back to work.

    After he failed to show up at work a warrant of arrest was issued against him at the Makadara Law Courts.

    Kimutai was posted at Jogoo Road Police Station and seconded to the Judiciary as an aide at the Makadara Law Courts.

    Police officers patrolling in Nairobi

    Police officers mounted a search for him and even reached out to his family, but they could not locate him and on January 19 a formal report, accusing him of having deserted work was filed.

    Constable Kimutai was now a wanted man and was even charged in absentia. A warrant of arrest against him was issued, too.

    The courts ordered police to find Constable Kimutai and present him on March 22, but their search did not yield much. They were given another date by a magistrate.

    The National Police Service began the process of getting Kimutai’s name off its payroll since no one could locate him.

    But what the police service and Kimutai’s family did not know was that the officer had been admitted at the KNH after he was involved in a hit and run accident on December 20, 2020. He was registered as Augustine Neto and taken into the intensive care unit (ICU).

    Towards the end of August, Kimutai began regaining consciousness and told doctors his name and also notified them that he was a police officer. He also informed KNH staff that he had a niece who lived in Makadara and a search commenced.

    KNH wrote a letter to the police service and also copied Makadara Law Courts, where the case against the officer was withdrawn and the process to reinstate him on the payroll was started.

    “When he had regained some level of consciousness, contact tracing through the National Bureau of Registration identified him as Rueben Kimutai Lel of ID number 6846690. The name indicated on admission was, therefore, changed in his hospital records.â€

    “He has recovered from the fracture but has not fully recovered his memory. The case is referred ‘To whom it may concern’ to help the patient get discharged from the hospital,†the letter by KNH read.

    A doctor carrying out tests at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
    A doctor carrying out tests at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
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