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Deputy Governor robbed of Sh3.5m at gunpoint by his bodyguard

Tharaka-Nithi deputy governor Dr Eliud Murithi Mate was on Wednesday robbed of Sh3.5 million at gunpoint by his bodyguard at his home at Kinoru Estate in Meru County.

Dr Mate had just arrived at his homestead from Kathwana where he had sold a piece of land when the Administration Police guard, Constable Josphat 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.

Area police boss Sammy Kosgey said the officer ran towards his house, located a stone’s throw away and put on another pair of shoes.

He said the suspect is armed and dangerous and asked members of the public to volunteer any information that would lead to his arrest.

“From the information we have is that the officer escaped on a motorbike. We have set up road blocks on all roads leading to Meru to nab the suspect. We have also involved the flying squad who are on his pursuit,” Mr Kosgey said.

On August 9, police from Marimanti station led by OCPD Dominic Mukoma thwarted a planned robbery at Dr Mate’s residence in Tunyai, Tharaka-Nithi County.

The suspected robbers, who were armed with pangas, tried to gain entry into deputy governor’s home but were repulsed by police who had laid an ambush.

Some of the suspects were arrested who included a police officer who was charged in court.

The case is still in court.

The suspects were said to have conspired with one of Dr Mate’s farmhand who tipped him and he reported the matter to the police.

It was alleged that the suspects wanted to steal Sh20 million that was allegedly stored in sacks in the house, according to police.

By Darlington Manyara, Alex Njeru and Kennedy Kimanthi