Tigania East MP’s Car Torched

Unknown individuals set fire to the Toyota Prado near Thiiti Bridge, about 1.5 kilometers from Mikinduri town.

Police in Mikinduri, Meru County, are investigating the Saturday night fire that destroyed Tigania East MP Gichunge Kabeabea’s car.

Unknown individuals set fire to the Toyota Prado near Thiiti Bridge, about 1.5 kilometers from Mikinduri town.

Mr Kabeabea blamed the incident on one of his opponents, claiming they had been stoned by goons earlier in the day while campaigning in Athwana.

They moved to Mikinduri, parked the vehicle on the side of the road, and began a door-to-door campaign targeting small groups of people.

While there, they were alerted that the car had been torched and discovered it engulfed in a massive blaze.

A boda boda rider who was passing by noticed the fire and reported it.

Local police, led by Tigania Central Police Chief Joel Chepkwony, rushed to the scene but were only able to observe the raging inferno from a safe distance due to its intensity.

The wreckage of the vehicle was still at the scene of the incident at 2 p.m. Sunday and had not been secured as a crime scene.

Mr Kabeabea claimed that the vehicle’s driver, Mr Moses Karani, and two aides, Mr Kizito Muketha and Mr William Karithi Ruto, were kidnapped by people claiming to be police on Sunday.

Mr Lawrence Mutwiri, his aide, said the three were bundled into a blue double cabin pick-up while waiting for Mr Kabeabea, who was getting a haircut.

Meru County Commissioner Fred Ndunga said police were investigating whether the fire was caused by arson, a mechanical failure, or was staged to elicit political sympathy.

He stated that police intend to question the driver, Mr. Kabeabea, and some members of the legislator’s campaign team in order to assist with the investigations.

Mr Ndunga assured the public that the county security team had put in place adequate safeguards to ensure their safety during the elections.

He urged members of the public to report any irregularities in their areas so that action could be taken quickly.

At the same time, the administrator warned politicians not to launch campaigns after the period ended on Saturday.