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Puzzling disappearances: Who is abducting young men in Gatundu?

In Summary

  • Stanley Mutua is the latest person to disappear without trace.
  • He was picked from his shop and bundled into a private car.

A family in Gatundu, Kiambu County, is crying for justice after their kin disappeared without trace.

On September 3, Stanley Mutua, 34, was picked at his shop in Kimunyu trading centre by people who identified themselves as police officers.

He was driven off in a private car and his whereabouts remain unknown.

His brother Kennedy Kimathi and his wife Anne Muthoni said they have searched for the father of one in several police stations in vain, and are now asking the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) to intervene.

Stanley was picked from his shop popularly known as ‘Ha Stano’ at Kimunyu Trading Centre. PHOTO/TV47

Kimathi said his brother’s disappearance has left his relatives in distress and appealed to the authorities to act, noting he was the sole breadwinner for his young family.

Stanley’s brother: “I went to DCI Kiambu and one officer asked me whether I had searched for his body in the mortuary. How can he be in a mortuary yet was arrested by officers, and in good health?” PHOTO/TV47

Villagers said the abduction of Mutua, who operates a phone repair shop at the centre, is the latest case of youth from the area disappearing after allegedly being arrested by persons believed to be policemen.

Others who have disappeared without trace include Moses Ndegwa, a Bodaboda rider abducted on September 1 at gun point, and Eliud Njoroge who disappeared in February this year.

Anne Muthoni, Stanley’s wife of six years: “We are yet to be informed why he was arrested, what wrong he had done.” PHOTO/TV47

Ndegwa’s father John Ngugi said he was bundled into a private vehicle but his abductors. In Njoroge’s case, grandfather Sebastian Kariuki said he was a lorry loader and was arrested while waiting to offload a sand truck at Murram trading center. Likewise, his abductors drove off with him in a private car.

Villagers have expressed concern over these mysterious abductions, which have incidentally taken place only a few metres from the local police post. They have also called upon area MP Moses Kuria to intervene.

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