• One of the suspects flagged down a boda boda rider and got the mzee from the scene as passersby who had gathered at the scene contacted the police.
Police in Murang’a have arrested two people suspected of kidnapping an elderly man in Maragua area on Tuesday evening.
The victim, Thomas Mwaga, was on his way to the chief’s office to report that one of his grandsons was having indiscipline issues and was skipping school.
As the old man slowly walked from his home in Ichagaki, a saloon car pulled up beside him and its two occupants offered to give him a ride to the chief’s office.
But the vehicle went straight to the neighboring Maragua town and the two suspects, a man and a woman, asked Mwaga to withdraw Sh. 50,000 from his account.
The money, as he was told was to enable them pay him all sh. 200,000 that they claimed was a balance from a land Mwaga had sold to them in his early years.
The woman escorted him to Sacco's banking hall but before he could withdraw the money, the man who was the driver walked in and informed her that it was better to make the withdrawal in Murang’a town.
The three then left Maragua town to Murang’a town but the car diverted at Mbombo area and took a feeder road.
It is then that Mwaga who is said to be over 100 years and has a slight hearing impairment realized that something was off and started making noise.
They ordered him to shut up and stole his wallet that the old man can not tell how much money it contained.
But the confusion caused the vehicle to veer off the road and hit a rock by the roadside.
This gave him the chance to disembark from the vehicle, screaming that the two suspects wanted to kill him.
One of the suspects flagged down a boda boda rider and got the mzee from the scene as passersby who had gathered at the scene contacted the police.
Their vehicle, a Toyota Axio, was also towed to Maragua police station as the victim’s family was contacted.
He said the suspects took advantage of his father’s poor hearing to manipulate him and steal from him.
Mwaga had trouble expressing himself, both from the shock of the incident and his old age.
They said the incident has shocked the family but expressed joy that he is safe and that the suspects did not succeed to withdraw money from his account.
Sub-county police commander Alexander Lusala confirmed that the two suspects were in police custody and that they would be arraigned in court on Monday as investigations are underway.
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