Conflicting reports adds twist to Embu county speaker abduction story

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

County allocation now up to 43% of national revenue

County governments will now receive Sh 226.7 billion, representing 43 % of the national revenue according to a new law signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Division of Revenue Act, 2014 in effect raises the allocation from the previous 15 % minimum threshold set in the constitution.

Recent calls by the opposition for a referendum have included a need to increase the allocation of revenue to county governments.

President Kenyatta has also the County Governments (Amendment) Bill 2014 as well as the Counselors and Psychologists Bill 2014.

2 dead in yet another gang raid in Mombasa

Two people were killed last night after gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at revelers at a bar in Majengo area Mombasa.

Several other people were injured in the assault by the masked men at Sega bar around midnight. The injured are receiving treatment at the Coast Provincial General Hospital.

The attack came less than 24 hours after gunmen on motorbikes shot dead four people among them a minor at Soweto area of Likoni.

Mombasa county commander Robert Kitur says they are still hunting for the gang that also dropped leaflets with messages threatening retaliation for recent killings at the coast.