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Bodyguard denies robbing deputy Governor of Sh3.5m at gunpoint

The bodyguard who reportedly robbed Tharaka-Nithi deputy governor Dr Eliud Murithi Mate of Sh3.5 million at gunpoint has surrendered himself to police in Meru.

Administration Police Constable Josphat Kipyegon arrived at the police station on Thursday morning but denied stealing anything from the politician.

He also surrendered his official firearm, a Ceska pistol.

“He surrendered to us at about 6am. What he has told us is that he just alighted from the vehicle and did not take the bag alleged to have the Sh3.5 million which the (deputy) governor says he robbed him at gun point.

“We are still holding him and l will brief you on  proceedings after some time,” said a detective privy to the investigations.

Constable Kipyegon was reported to have robbed Dr Mate on Wednesday at his home in Kinoru Estate, Meru County, .

According to reports, Dr Mate had just arrived at his homestead from Kathwana where he had sold a piece of land when Constable Kipyegon attacked him and grabbed the bag containing the money.

There was a commotion before the constable, who is based at the Marimanti AP Camp, drew a pistol and threatened to shoot him, forcing Dr Mate to flee.

During the 10am commotion, the constable left behind his shoes.