A police Officer Constable Rueben Kimutai Lel who was based at Jogoo Road police station has come out of a nine-month coma at the Kenyatta National Hospital where he had been without the knowledge of his colleagues, family and friends, only to be met with a rude shock.
Reports by the Nation publication, indicates that Constable Kimutai was hit by a vehicle in December 2020 resulting in a fractured skull in the head.
He could not then be identified after his personal belongings were stolen by first responders at the crime scene when he was rushed to the hospital.
Things took a different turn, when his bosses and colleagues thought he had proceeded for his leave which was due in a few days, only to fail to resume work in January where he had been attached to the Judiciary at Makadara Law Courts along Jogoo road.
Assumed to have deserted his duties and the station, a warrant of arrest was issued against him according to the National Police Service Act, after failed attempts to reach him.
Kimutai’s disturbed colleagues had tried to search for their missing colleague with no leads forthcoming, with the family even more puzzled about the whereabouts of their kin.
A search team which had been given until March 22 to find him asked for more time until October 12 when the matter is to be heard in a court of law.
Owing to the nature of his extended absence, his employer the National Police Service struck his name off the payroll.
The injured officer started regaining consciousness in this month thereby giving the medics his name and the process of identifying his next of kin began immediately.
“The patient was admitted to KNH on December 21, 2020 after he was hit by a speeding vehicle along Jogoo Road on December 20 at 9.30pm. He was rescued by the critical services ambulance personnel and brought to KNH,” the hospital wrote to the National Police Service.
“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,” KNH said in another statement.
Constable Reuben Kimutai has since been reunited with his family and the employer National Police Service is in the process of reinstating Kimutai to their official payroll as one of their employees, the court case against him has also since been withdrawn according to Nation.