, NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 16 – The family of the Juja Ward Member of County Assembly who had been missing for a week, say they are relieved after he was found alive on Sunday night.
Samuel Gitau was found in Kinungi area along the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway, after ‘escaping’ from a car trunk of his abductors, according to an explanation he gave to his fellow MCAs and family members.
His father said the MCA looked frail when he was picked up by his colleagues and Kiambu Governor William Kabogo who took him to the Aga Khan hospital. Kabogo had offered a Sh100,000 reward to anyone with information leading to his whereabouts.
“My youngest daughter received a call from the people who found him near Ihindu and when we got there we were able to see him momentarily but he did not have enough energy to speak,” the MCAs father said, adding “we only got to speak to him in hospital.”
He told reporters that Gitau is recuperating at the Aga Khan Hospital and hope to get more information from him once he is discharged.
Police too said they will question him further once he is out of hospital, to get more information on how he ended up in Kinungi.
“His health had deteriorated because he was locked up in the car trunk for eight days. He was denied food and water,” Gitau’s father said, revealing that hospital tests on his son had shown he did not have any physical injury but was experiencing abdominal pain.
The MCA’s wife Tabitha Wairimu said she has not been able to go back to their home in Juja because she fears the abductors to away her husband would also come for her.
“I have always been praying to God that he be found alive, I am grateful that our prayers have been answered,” she said.
Gitau went missing last Saturday from his home soon after withdrawing money from an ATM in Ruiru town.