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Police launch manhunt for former MP

01 August 2013, 12:02 Wangui Joseph

Nyeri - Police have launched a manhunt for former Gatundu North MP Clement Kung’u Waibara following an arrest warrant issued by a Nyeri court on Wednesday.

The warrant issued by Senior Resident Magistrate Joanne Wambliyanga followed Waibara’s failure to appear in court to present his submissions in a case where he is accused of conspiring to commit murder.

The former legislator is charged with conspiring to kill Bernard Chege Mburu. He denies the accusations.

Earlier Waibara’s brother, Gerald Mbote, who had appeared as a witness supporting his brother’s denial, told the court that a former MP, Patrick Muiruri, bribed him with KES 20 000 to sign a police statement during a feast he hosted in Mang’u.

Mbote informed court that on April 6, 2011 he was invited to a meeting hosted by Muiruri.

“In the meeting we were four; Patrick Muiruri, Bernard Chege, Saiid Mbaruk (a police officer) and myself,” Mbote informed court.

It was during the meeting Muiruri and Chege insisted that Mbote sign a document with unknown contents.

Mbote continued that they were each paid KES 20 000 but Mbaruk received more since he had travelled all the way from Karatina.

The alleged plot of killing Bernard Chege was revealed by Waibara’s body guard at the time, John Kabencha.

Kabencha had also appeared as a witness in the matter and told the court that he consulted his boss, former Karatina OCS Kennedy Rucho, seeking to be eased of his duties of guarding the MP.

Chege told the court that Waibara had hired some thugs and paid them KES 300 000 to murder him and dump his body in Tana River. Instead they informed Chege of the plans.

The magistrate scheduled the case to be mentioned on August 8.

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