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Man held over carjacking of Peter Kenneth’s wife

Two of the gunmen who carjacked politician Peter Kenneth’s wife on Saturday night left Nairobi the same night and drove to Malaba, about 450km away, and parked the car at a guest house.

On Sunday, they fixed a Ugandan number plate, UAW 342D, and left the Land Rover Freelander parked at the Flo Guest House within Malaba Town, according to police investigations.

On Monday, one of the suspects crossed over to Uganda to collect a vehicle insurance sticker before the car could be driven into Uganda where it was to be delivered to a buyer.

JOINT OPERATION

Immediately after the carjacking of Ms Ann Wanjiru and a nephew of President Uhuru Kenyatta in separate incidents in Kyuna estate, police launched a joint operation both in Nairobi and the Kenya-Uganda border.

Ms Wanjiru’s vehicle was recovered at the guest house and when the main suspect went to collect it on Monday, he was arrested by the detectives.

On Tuesday, officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations offices in Gigiri travelled to Malaba to collect both the vehicle and the suspect.

However, by Tuesday evening they were still in Malaba as the suspect refused to release the car keys, detectives said.

Nairobi County police boss Japheth Koome said the same night Ms Wanjiru was carjacked, other gunmen had earlier carjacked the President’s nephew Dr Njoroge Muigai, his wife and daughter who were driven almost 10km away from home and abandoned unhurt.

Ms Wanjiru was driving into the estate on Kibarage Road when a gang of two men armed with pistols struck. The gang had arrived at the scene earlier and taken the guards hostage, police said.

They took control of the car and drove off towards Waiyaki Way and later switched off her phone.

“The gang had apparently arrived at the scene earlier and taken the guards on duty hostage. The gang then posed as guards and ushered in several vehicles before Ms Wanjiru, who was driving herself, arrived,” Mr Koome said.

Dr Muigai’s Volkswagen Tiguan vehicle was still missing by Tuesday evening.