Police Trace Missing Kiambu Millionaire's Last Moments

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  • Police have pieced together the last moments that led to the disappearance of Julius Gitau, a Thika businessman who has been missing. 

    According to police reports, Gitau who is married to three wives has been missing for 2 weeks since September 21.

    The businessman is stated to have visited his mother a day before he was reported missing day, and according to her, he seemed out of character and obviously disturbed.

    Pedestrians assisted by traffic police at a zebra crossing in Nairobi, on Monday, October 21, 2019
    Pedestrians assisted by traffic police at a zebra crossing in Nairobi, on Monday, October 21, 2019
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    "A day before my son was reported missing, he drove into my compound in Kaharati (Murang'a) and picked his second wife. They drove to Nakuru and back.

    "He had gone to show his wife a plot he bought for her. He appeared uneasy saying he wished his polygamous family remains peaceful and financially stable if he dies," Gitau's mother recalled.

    His disappearance puzzled his family following the discovery of a suicide note in one of the businessman's cars, a yellow lorry which he used for his general merchandise wholesale business. 

    Gitau is stated to have left his wholesale shop on the morning of his disappearance, claiming he was headed to a gym in Ngoingwa estate, a few kilometre away, but never got there.

    His driver, Geoffrey Wachira, told the police that he received a call from his boss instructing him to collect the vehicle from Blue Post Hotel, where he found the note alongside his bosses personal items and phone.

    "To my family, I am tired of problems. I am jumping into a river," the note discovered by his driver Geoffrey Wachira stated. 

    The family does not believe that Gitau could have taken his own life, with the police investigating the matter as the case a missing person despite the note. 

    Authorities are also trying to establish whether any other party was involved in the disappearance. The officers are trying to establish if the suicide note was written in his actual handwriting besides analysing the call made to his driver to collect the vehicle.

    His brother, Titus Karuga is hopeful that the businessman will be found alive and well.

    "Perhaps my brother is depressed and is at a hotel. We are hopeful the issue will end well and not in mourning," he expressed.

    The millionaire's business empire included two wholesale shops in Thika, a fleet of lorries, a dairy enterprise, rental flats in Kiambu, Nakuru and Murang'a, plots of land, three personal vehicles, a farm in Murang'a as well as stocks on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

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