By CYRUS OMBATI
The contents of alleged Dutch cookies served to guards manning the Trans National Bank have puzzled the police.
But police are speculating that the cookies, which made the guards sick, are often fed to stallions to increase their mating abilities. They have also questioned claims by George Ayugi, an ally of Deputy President William Ruto, that he bought the snacks at Schiphol Airport in Netherlands.
When the guards were served the biscuits it took less than an hour before they started complaining of fatigue, high temperature, dizziness and experienced sustained erections.
Central police boss Patrick Oduma said they suspect the biscuits are fed to horses to boost their libido.
“We are still waiting for the report from the Government Chemist before we know the way forward,” he said on October 16.
Earlier, Oduma told The Nairobian: “They (guards) have given us samples of the biscuits and we will test them to establish if they are laced with any drug that may have caused the problem. We are informed they started experiencing dizziness, headache and had arousals.”
Meanwhile, Ayugi was on October 16 grilled by police and recorded a statement before being released on a Sh20,000 bail.
Ayugi, the national organising secretary of Ruto’s URP, had earlier denied any wrongdoing but confirmed giving the biscuits to the guards.
“These are cookies that I bought at Schiphol International Airport when I was returning home from The Hague. They did not contain any drug as alleged,” he said. “I gave them the biscuits in the mid-morning hours and by evening when I returned, they told me that they can’t give me the car. I am ready to be investigated but I know I am innocent.”
Ayugi, popularly known as Mbuta, is said to have arrived to park his car at the building on Mama Ngina Street on October 14 and gave the guards the cookies. Two of the guards from the First Force Security, were taken to a city hospital where they were admitted overnight.
Jevanu Cheminingwa and William Cherusi were treated and discharged from Nairobi West Hospital.
Investigators were on October 17 seeking to know the ‘motive behind the drugging’, with owners of the building saying it may have been used as an attempt to break into the offices of a prominent city businessman.
Ruto’s private office is also housed in the 9th floor of the same building. Last week, Ayugi joined anti-ICC demonstrators from Ivory Coast who were protesting the detaining of former President Laurent Gbagbo at the Hague. He had accompanied Ruto, who is currently attending trial at The Hague.