NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18 – With placards, tens of supporters thronged King’eero Police Station, waiting for the man of the occasion patiently.
“Chege is my oxygen,” read one of the placards.
While another had this message, “Mficheni tena tuone. We love you Chege Fresh.”
Charles Chege Gitau whom they fondly refer to as “Chege Fresh” was to record a statement with detectives at King’eero Police Station, over what he transpired on Friday last week when armed gunmen allegedly kidnapped him.
Chege, a Kabete parliamentary aspirant with the Jubilee Party went missing for two days, leaving his supporters in shock since it was hours before he launched his manifesto.
And although on Tuesday he looked calm, Chege says he is worried over the “unknown” and now wants police protection, more so during this electioneering period.
“I want to thank my supporters for praying with me. I was praying where I was…and I can tell you that it was not a good experience, something I cannot wish to my worst enemy,” he told Journalists after meeting the area police chief.
“It is something that made me think twice about politics but through prayers, I am very safe.”
He said just as the members of the public, he was wanted to know the people who were behind his kidnapping.
“We need to discount the two rumours; whether I stage managed it, but that one I can tell you, I cannot stage manage my kidnapping and we also need to discuss the other side whether it was political,” he said.
He added that he was feeling, “very insecure. I will do a formal application (a request for security).”
“I am shaken but at the end of the day, the people of Kabete will decide who will be their Member of Parliament.”
On his part, King’eero Police Chief Joseph Ongaya says detectives are pursuing all leads on whether he was a victim or stage managed the incident.
Police have indicated that they may charge him if found to have duped them to believe he was kidnapped even though he denies the claim.
“We are going very well and our detectives from the directorate of criminal investigations are on top of things and Kenyans should leave speculations. Police officers are led by professionals,” he said.
His supporters expressed optimism that he will clinch the Jubilee Party’s ticket.
“We want young blood that can fight for the rights of the youths, women, and children,” Grace Nyambura, a constituent said.
Another added that “whether they say he kidnapped himself or not, Fresh is our candidate. He is as good as elected.”
The aspirant went missing on Friday night at around midnight after he dropped his driver in Kikuyu Town ahead of Saturday’s launch of his manifesto.
Chege was to launch his manifesto at Kanjeru stadium in Gitaru area.