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Governor seeks police protection after receiving death threats

The Governor was assured that he will not survive more than two months.

Tharaka-Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa (above) is seeking police protection after receiving death threats via text message.

Tharaka-Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa is now seeking police protection after receiving death threats via text message.

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Mr Ragwa said this during a fundraiser at Marimanti Catholic Church in Marimanti.

He has since recorded a statement with the police and asked them to investigate and arrest those behind the threats.

"I have been assured that I will not survive more than two months," Mr Ragwa said.

The Governor further said his vehicle was blocked several times on Friday in Chuka town after a visit in the area by Deputy President William Ruto.

"My security was completely compromised on Friday and my vehicle was blocked by goons," he said.

Gataya Mwenda, Mukothima MCA, said the matter should not be taken lightly and demanded a thorough investigation into the matter.

Similar incident

In September, Meru Governor Peter Munya was forced to go into hiding after receiving death threats following the temporary ban of miraa by the Somali Government.

He was blamed for the ban and was later quoted on local media saying he was aware of khat business cartels “that include murderers who were plotting to end his life’.

“The cartels have started targeting me with lots of propaganda concerning the market. It is a really worrying situation,” he said, adding, “I am being accused of being a hindrance in the marketing of khat,” He said.

Police sources in Meru said that the governor had repeatedly changed addresses since the khat ban has taken into effect for fear of attacks of drug cartels.

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