A family in Nairobi is agonising over the mysterious disappearance of their kin.
Bashir Mahmoud, a businessman who holds duo American and Kenyan citizenship was last seen leaving Mialle Lounge, Lavington last Thursday. He was driving a Range Rover registration KCQ 007P.
The car was later recovered as a burnt out shell in Kibiko, Kajiado County. Oddly enough, the burnt out shell was carted away by unknown people and only trashes of ash remain at the spot.
While driving into the entertainment place, Mahmoud was captured on CCTV cameras dishing out money to security guards at the gate. It was eve of Eid al-Fitr, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar.
“He was supposed to go meet a couple of people there,” Nuru Said, his lawyer says. “But the meeting didn’t materialise.”
Mahmoud’s family reported his disappearance at Muthangari Police Station. The Range Rover had reportedly been fitted with a tracker but the family says there were unable to trace the location of the vehicle.
According to a report by CitizenTV, it was a dealer in top range vehicles who raised the alarm after spotting the Range Rover on fire on Saturday. Officers from Kibiku Police Post who responded to the fire alert went to the scene and took photographs of the burn-out shell.
“I think all of us have seen a motor vehicle that has burnt; you at the very least remain with a shell,” Alibaya Hassan, another of his lawyers is quoted as saying. “So, you can tell this is an SUV….this is a saloon…this is a station wagon.”
When the police officers from Kibiku left the scene in preparation for a later return to conduct forensic investigations, the motor vehicle shell was taken away by unknown people. Now, Hassan says, “you can’t tell whether it was garbage that was being burned or it was a motor vehicle, or someone was having a bonfire,” just by looking at the spot.
Lawyer Said says they will seek the intervention of the U.S Embassy, Nairobi, in tracing the whereabouts of Mahmoud. “With Bashir being a U.S citizen, I will also be writing to the Embassy so that they can intervene.”
Mahmoud was a contractor. His work included major government projects, notably the Uhuru Business Park in Kisumu County.
From his photographs, Mahmoud appears to be well-connected. He has been previously photographed with high profile government officials including President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto.