Wife of missing foreigner claims he is safe in Germany

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of a retired German soldier from his Kwale home deepened yesterday after his wife and the police gave conflicting accounts on his whereabouts.

And yesterday, Kwale County DCI officials told The Standard that Neema Nyawira, the wife of the missing soldier, Paul Topf, had been interrogated.

DCI officials also said Topf’s whereabouts remain unknown, adding that the four men and a woman who took him from his home in Lungalunga on November 26 were not policemen.

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According to the DCI, the signal of Topf’s cellphone did not go beyond Mwambao Bati village within Shimoni.

Topf’s wife claimed she had received information from his sister that he had been deported.

“I received a call from my sister-in-law in Germany today morning telling me that Paul arrived safely in Germany and he is fine,” Nyawira told The Standard on phone last evening.   

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On Sunday, Nyawira said she had received information that her husband was being held in Nairobi by immigration officials.

Earlier, she had told reporters that five people, who identified themselves as immigration officials from Mombasa, had taken her husband and bundled him into an unmarked car.

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Yesterday, Kwale County Police Commander Joseph Nthenge said investigations were ongoing to trace the missing man.

Topf, 54, came to Kenya in 2012 and married Nyawira with whom he has a seven-year-old daughter.

He was allegedly picked from his home last week.

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