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Abducted Thika millionaire was held “in a big building with a hall”

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Julius Gitau, the Thika millionaire businessman who resurfaced yesterday after missing since September 21 says he was held inside “a big building with a hall.”

Speaking to a local daily, Gitau, who goes by the sobriquet “Gitau wa Mali” says he was enslaved by his abductors. “I was made to wash clothes and utensils for the tenants. Once in a while, I was ordered to clean the compound.”

He does not know the exact location of the building. But by piecing together clues, he concludes it was in Kamwangi in Gatundu North constituency, Kiambu County.

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Frogmarched by Two Burly Men

Gitau wa Mali says he was frogmarched from the said building on Saturday 4am, and handed over to two burly men. “We walked for hours before entering a forest. The men then told me to continue walking and never look back,” the Daily Nation quotes him as saying.

Julius Gitau, aka Gitau wa Mali. Police had earlier indicated that investigations were hampered by lack of clear images of the man, which could be circulated to the public. PHOTO/FILE

Gitau traversed the forest and entered a dusty road. “I was lucky because a boda boda appeared almost immediately.” He talked the rider into using his phone to call a family member.

The family member was Gitau’s third wife, Selina. Directorate of Criminal Investigation detectives, who have been on the case since Gitau disappeared picked up the signal.

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Verify Communication

“We had to verify that the communication was not a hoax,” Gatanga DCI boss John Kanda is quoted as saying. “We then traced his movement up to the point we were sure it was the businessman and his wife.”

The boda boda rider gave Gitau some money for bus fare from Kamwangi to Thika town. He went straight to the house he shared with Selina.

Later, he recorded a statement with the DCI.

Gitau wa Mali, estimated to be worth Ksh600 million, was seized by unknown people 11 weeks ago near Kenya Revenue Authority offices in Thika town. He was on the way to the gym.  

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A Mother’s Pain

A suicide note was found on the dashboard of his car soon after his disappearance. Police launched a frantic search for him, discounting the authenticity of the suicide note.

Three weeks ago, Gitau’s mother Rosemary Wanjiru, threatened to protest outside State House, Nairobi, to pressure police to find her son.

Gitau wa Mali is said to be traumatised from the experience and has been advised to seek counselling and medical treatment.

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