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Deputy governor claims daughter kidnapped, abductors demand strange ‘ransom’

Machakos County Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala has claimed that his daughter has been kidnapped and demands made for him to drop his gubernatorial bid.

Mr Kiala -who was supposed to be in the Wiper Party caravan enroute to Taita-Taveta County for weekend rallies- was instead forced to spent time recording statements at a police station in Nairobi.

The Deputy Governor has declared interest in the Machakos County Governor’s seat.


He told Daily Nation through a text message that the kidnappers did not ask for ransom but instead wanted him to drop his gubernatorial bid.

“Not ransom, they want me to drop my gubernatorial ambition! I am with the police,”Mr Kiala replied to a question texted to him on ransom demands.

He said he could not give more details on the issue at the moment.

“I cant talk much now but I will forward you the text sent to my wife this morning,” he said.


The message did not however indicate whether the kidnappers had released the daughter or not.

” We have your daughter alive.and we will release her.but tel ur husband if he runs for govoner it will not be the first attempt!!”the message read.

Mr Kiala did not provide the name of the daughter who is said to be a University student. Neither did he disclose where she was at the time of the incident.

“I am at the Nairobi area police, allow mw (sic) some time to deal. I will give you information”he said through a text.