POLICE investigating the brief disappearance of Embu County Speaker Justus Kariuki Mate in May are leaning on the theory that he stage-managed his kidnap, with the help of three people close to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.
But police have pointed out that they neither know the motive nor have enough evidence to arrest and prosecute Mate. A report filed by Nyeri County CID chief Mohammed Amin also wants Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to withdraw the criminal case against CID officer Nicholas Kangangi Muriuki, who is charged with abducting Mate.
CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro confirmed that he had received the preliminary report. Mate mysteriously went missing from Utalii Hotel on May 19 while attending a meeting.
The junior CID officer was the last caller to Mate’s mobile number before he disappeared and was arrested and charged in court with kidnapping him.
Dishon Nyaga, a personal assistant to Muturi who is alleged to have aided Mate in faking his own kidnap, has dismissed the allegations as “political falsehood” peddled by influential personalities in Embu county.
He did not name the individuals. He said the police had questioned him over 20 times on the allegations, but he told them he was not involved in Mate’s disappearance.
A security officer and a driver, both attached to Parliament, have also been named as accomplices in the Mate self-kidnap scenario. Yesterday, Mate vehemently denied the allegations of self-kidnap and said the police have absolved him of the allegations.
He said the police findings are inaccurate. “If the police have evidence that I masterminded my kidnap, let them arrest men and take me to court,” Mate declared.
“The issue of self-kidnap has since been ruled out. It is a product of gossip and political propaganda,” Mate told the Star on the phone. He instead claimed that Embu Governor Martin Wambora was behind his woes and that the he had also attempted to interfere with police investigations to have the CID fix him.
But Wambora quickly dismissed the claims by the Speaker, terming them false.
“I have nothing to comment on the alleged kidnap. Police officers are professionals who are doing their work and I therefore have nothing to influence them. Let the truth be known,” said Wambora.
The report filed by Amin’s team said in part: “It is in the public domain that Mate kidnapped himself, but we have no concrete evidence to arrest Mate, we will continue with the investigations”.
“We recommend that the charges against Nicholas Muriuki Kangangi be withdrawn forthwith as there is no tangible evidence to connect him with the case,” the report said.
The investigators want the case withdrawn under a law that allows them to arrest and prosecute Kangangi if they find new evidence. Tobiko confirmed he had received a report from the CID, but has yet to make a decision.
“We are still studying the file ” was all that Tobiko would say. Muhoro said the police are yet to conclude their investigations. “We will soon determine if the man was kidnapped or he stage-managed his kidnap,” said Muhoro.