On enquiring what her husband had done to warrant the harassment, Waithera says the men said her husband was among others who had stolen a motorbike. They then left with him in haste.
“I thought that they would take him towards the local police post but instead, they drove towards a quarry, often filled with water. I rushed to Witeithie Administration Police Post and reported the matter,” she says.
But instead of getting help, she says an administration police officer discouraged his colleague from following the abductors saying Ndumbe was not worth the bother as he had on Good Friday fought with boda boda operators over a woman.
“Let whatever will befall him befall him as he is a bad person. But if we get to hear of anything worthwhile, we will let you know,” the police officer is said to have told the woman.
Tracking the abductor
During her encounter with the police officer, she says she learnt the name of one of the people who abducted her husband and approached boda boda operators for directions to his place.
“They, however, warned me not to go to his place alone. I also learnt that the man sold fuel siphoned from lorries belonging to one of Thika Road contractors,” she says.
On going to the suspect’s home in the company of a relative, she says they only found the suspect’s wife who informed them that her husband was in Thika. But she gave them his contacts.
But they would not meet with the suspect as soon after reaching him via his mobile phone, he promised to meet them but never did. Subsequent calls to him went unanswered prompting her and her family to report the matter at the Thika Police Station.
She says after reporting the matter, police requested to be shown the home of the suspect. But even after being shown the place, they never made effort to apprehend him.
Days later, as they recorded their statements at Thika Police Station, she says she saw the wife of the suspect also make a statement and learnt that she had reported that her husband had also disappeared.