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Bodyguard turns the table to claim Deputy Governor stole his cash

A police officer accused of robbing Tharaka-Nithi Deputy Governor Eliud Mati of Sh3.5 million claims the leader and his supporters stole his Sh80,000.

Constable Josphat Kipyegon, who was on Monday charged alongside Ms Rose Kajira with robbery with violence, on Tuesday reported the alleged theft to the police.

After taking plea, his lawyer Kiogora Mugambi stunned the court when he claimed that the politician incited his supporters, who broke into the house of the officer and stole the cash and other valuables.

He said Dr Mati should also be investigated and charged.


“After the alleged incident, the complainant incited his supporters, who went on a looting spree in the accused’s house, which is located close to the politician’s residence at Kibuuka in Tharaka-Nithi County. They stole his cash and other valuables, including his academic certificates,” said Mr Mugambi.

The lawyer filed an application before Meru Principal Magistrate Stella Abuya to have the matter investigated and the offenders charged with housebreaking and theft.

The magistrate allowed the application and directed Constable Kipyegon be accompanied by the police to the Tunyai station to report the alleged theft of money by Dr Mati and his supporters from his house.

On Tuesday, the constable, who was accompanied by his lawyer and under the escort of detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Imenti North, eventually made a report on the matter at the Mitunguu Police Station.


He claims the deputy governor; his brother Kithaka Murithi, who is an Administration Police sergeant in Embu; and other individuals broke into his house and stole the items.

Constable Kipyegon is still in custody awaiting a ruling on his application to be released on bail. Ms Kajira was also remanded in custody.