Investigations into the alleged kidnapping of Embu county assembly speaker Kariuki Mate have taken a new twist.
In written reports to investigators, two doctors presented conflicting reports on the mental state of self-confessed kidnapper, carpenter Joseph Ng’ang’a.
Conspiracy theories abound, including that Mate organised his own kidnap to get political sympathy and influence a contempt-of-court case facing him in Kirinyaga.
Dr Moses Wamukhana from Kenyatta National Hospital said Ng’ang’a is mentally stable, however another report by Dr Margaret Gachara, also of KNH, who examined Ng’ang’a separately said he is mentally disturbed.
She said that after listening to his narrative, it emerged that “someone had taken advantage of him”.
CID officers probing the abduction of Mate have written to Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko, seeking guidance on the investigations.
A Nairobi court asked Ng’ang’a to undergo mental examination after he confessed that he was part of a four-man gang that kidnapped Mate.
Ng’ang’a, in his confession, said he was hired to kidnap Mate last May 19. Police documented his confession on audio and video recording.
They also photographed places where he claims to have committed the crimes.
Ng’ang’a told investigators he was released from Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, where he served a 12-year jail term, last April 5.
He did not disclose the offence he had been jailed for. Ng’ang’a told investigators he kidnapped Mate from outside the gates of Utalii Hotel.
He said he bundled him into a car and drove towards Kiambu Road via Garden Estate and later linked Governor Martin Wambora to the kidnap.
When they arrived at the junction close to NIS Headquarters, they moved Mate from the car they used to pick him up into a second car.
It then was driven off by a second group of criminals supposed to kill him, Mate said.
– The Star