2 Indians nationals and a Kenyan were kidnapped in July 2022, and on Tuesday, 13 members of the Special Services Unit (SSU), which has since been abolished, one member of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), and one member of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) were charged with the crime.
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Renson Ingonga asserted in a statement that the 15 planned to kidnap Mohammed Zaid Sami, Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan, and Nicodemus Mwania Mwange.
Peter Muthee, IP James Kibosek, Cpls. Joseph Kamau, David Chepchieng, Joseph Mwenda, John Mwangi, and Hillary Limo were the accused policemen. John Wanjiku, Michael Kiplangat, Pe Stephen Luseno, Pe Simon Muhuga, Pc Paul Njogu, Pe/Drv Boniface Otieno, Pe Elikana Njeru, Pe Fredrick Thuku.
The two foreigners have connections to President William Ruto’s campaign for president. When the incident happened, Mwania was driving their taxi.
The DPP connected the missing 2 Indians and their driver to the officers in the case after conducting investigations against them.
Charges against the suspects include kidnapping with the purpose to kill, conspiring to conduct a crime, and treating the victims cruelly, inhumanely, and degradingly.
Along with other misdeeds, they were accused of document fabrication.
The officers, who were in a few vehicles and on motorbikes, followed the victims, stopped their automobiles, and kidnapped them, according to records from the Kahawa Law Courts.
Due to the gravity of the situation, DPP Ingonga urged the court to refuse the accused’s request for bail. In anticipation of the bond decision, which is scheduled for November 3 at Kahawa Law Court, they will be held at the Kiambu GK Prison.
The missing foreigners
Family members have pleaded with the government and security agencies to step in since the two foreign nationals have been missing for more than a year.
Zaid’s wife informed the Indian High Commission in Nairobi in a letter that her husband visited the nation on vacation and that he last left for a bar at 10.45 p.m. before disappearing.
Dennis Itumbi, a digital strategist, also disclosed information about the two foreigners and detailed how they were assisting the campaign.