Kirinyaga politician arrested over kidnapping

The female politician allegedly held the man in her house

A group of Kenyan police officers

Former nominated MCA Teresia Njeri was arrested in Kirinyaga County after she was accused of abducting a 22-year-old man.

The politician claimed that she had rescued the man from a mob that was about to lynch him on allegations that he was a criminal.

Ms Njeri told police that he had held the man in her house for hours as she tried to get in touch with his father.

"When we rescued the man, we made sure he was safe, later I rang his father who lives at Igembe in Meru and asked him to pick up his son at my house.

"At around 4 am, his father called and informed me that he had arrived at the village.

"I then sent out four people among them my daughter to meet him at the nearby road but surprisingly he was accompanied by police officers," Njeri narrated.

Two shot and injured

The former MCA further told reporters that the police officers opened fire at her delegation injuring her daughter Juliet Waithera and one other person identified as Bernard Kariithi.

"When the officers knew they had blundered they claimed that they had shot kidnappers who were armed with pangas.

"They then came to my home and took me away to the station for questioning," she explained.

The politician recorded a statement at the Makutano Police Station where she denied the kidnapping accusations.

She was later freed on a Sh10,000 bond and is set to appear before court to answer to charges.


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