I did not fake my abduction, says Embu Speaker Mate

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Embu Speaker KariukiEMBU County Speaker Justus Kariuki Mate has denied reports that he was attempting to obtain a fake certificate of good conduct when he disappeared last week.

Mate also denied stage-managing his abduction and maintained that the police should be allowed to conclude investigations.

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He told the Star by phone that he is “deeply traumatized” by the whole episode and reports that he was attempting to secure a fake certificate of good conduct.

“I was not looking for a certificate of good conduct as claimed. For what purpose? In any case, I already have one, and I have a job. For what purpose will I be looking for such a certificate?”

He was responding to a police report filed by CID officer Nicholas Muriuki, who claimed that he was to meet Mate on the day he disappeared to help him get the document. Muriuki has been charged with Mate’s abduction but has denied he had anything to do with it.

The case will be mentioned at a Milimani court today.

Mate yesterday said the police have records on when his certificate of good conduct was issued.

“For the kind of hell that I have gone through, all the trauma, I can’t believe anyone can now say this was stage-managed,” said Mate.

He disappeared last Monday while attending a budget meeting at Utalii Hotel. He was found on Friday morning along the Limuru road near St Paul’s University.

He flagged down a lorry ferrying foodstuffs to Nairobi from Nyahururu and asked the driver to take him to the Gigiri Police Station. The officers at Gigiri then took him to the Aga Khan Hospital, where he was treated.


He said some politicians in Embu County have capitalized on the reports and gone to the extent of photocopying the story published by the Star and pinning it up in various locations across the county.

He said it was impossible for anyone to have stage-managed the kidnapping, considering the ordeal he endured.

“Let the police do their work. If I stage-managed this thing, let that come from the police, I know investigations are about to be concluded,” he said.

The speaker would not say where he was held for the four days he was missing, nor give any additional details about his abduction.

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