Politician Kidnapped by Men in Police Uniform

  • Bungoma Member of County Assembly (MCA) Bethwel Mwambu was on Tuesday night kidnapped at his home by men allegedly dressed in police uniform.

    According to the MCA's driver, the thugs who were riding on motorbikes, followed them for about 5 kilometres as they were driving home and while at Mwambu's gate, they jumped from their bikes, dragged him from the wheels and drove off with his boss.

    "They were armed with guns and I couldn't resist because I felt they could have harmed me I did so, one of them sat on the drivers sit and drove off while others two held hostage my boss[sic]," Mwambu's driver was quoted by the Standard.

    It is reported that the MCA's car was found abandoned two kilometres from his home with no trace of Mwambu, who is also the Majority Chief Whip in the Bungoma County Assembly.

    Leaders from the county including Governor Kenneth Lusaka, have condemned the abduction, attributing it to political malice against the outspoken Mbakalu Ward (in Tongaren Constituency) Representative.

    "Let them not harm Mr Mwambu, he should be left alone, politics in play here, we won't accept some hired goons to intimidate elected leaders. It is very bad and sets a wrong precedent on the security of elected leaders as we approach the electioneering year, but let's not read something sinister, I know Mwambu has been vocal on some issues that might have pissed off some people," Lusaka stated.

    Bungoma North OCPD Eliud Okello confirmed that they had received reports of the abduction and were carrying out investigations.

    MCA in the area are now pleding with the Government to provide them with bodyguards stating their lives were in danger.

    This comes months after three children of Homa Bay County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe were abuducted by thugs who demanded for a Sh6 Million ransom. The chidren were, however, traced and saved by security agents in Tanzania.