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Wife of Embu speaker withdraws case against police

23 May 2014, 18:50

Nairobi - The wife of Embu Speaker Justus Kariuki Mate has withdrawn case against the Director of Criminal Investigations and the Inspector General of Police compelling them to produce her husband.

Her lawyer told High Court judge David Majanja yesterday that the decision to withdraw the case had been reached since Mr Mate had been traced although he did not disclose the details in court.

“I wish to withdraw this case as the alleged missing Embu Speaker has been traced,” said Mr Charles Njenga.

And the judge allowed the request to with draw the case.

“In view of the fact that the subject has been found, the matter is marked as withdrawn with no orders to legal costs,” said Justice Majanja.

Ms Caroline Wangari Gachema had moved to court on Wednesday claiming that her husband had disappeared in the hands of the police and had therefore been arrested or taken into custody.

Ms Wangari demanded that her husband be released unconditionally and that the court should summon the Criminal investigations, the Inspector General of police and the Starehe District Criminal Investigating Officer to confirm whether Mr Kariuki is in police custody as well an explanation of his arrest.

On Wednesday, her lawyer was accompanied by the Embu County Assembly MCA’s, Runyenjes and Mbeere North Members of Parliament Cecil Mbarire and Muriuki Njagagua, Senator Lenny Kivuti, Women Representative Rose Mutaru and Deputy Speaker Ibrahim Swaleh.

High Court judge Weldon Korir declined to give into her demands and said that she was to give out more information to the court as of yesterday that connects the police to have been directly linked to Mr Mate’s disappearance first for the case hearing to proceed.

Ms Wangari had alleged that she was apprehensive that her husband might be subjected to injury, mental anguish and inhuman conditions and that his continued holding had caused anxiety and speculation within the Embu County Assembly.

However yesterday morning before court proceedings Mr Mate, who is the first county assembly speaker to have chaired two sessions to impeach Governor Martin Nyaga Wambora, was reportedly found alive but dumped in Limuru, taken to Gigiri Police station and rushed to Aga Khan Hospital.

On Thursday, Pangani Police Station Sergent Nicholas Muriuki Kangangi was arraigned with the charge of abducting and confining Mr Mate in an unknown location.

Although prosecution wanted Mr Kangangi held for further investigations to be done, he was released on a Sh 100,000 bond.

Whilst Ms Wangari had claimed to have made appropriate enquiries at the Director of Criminal investigations, Mr David Kimaiyo and the district criminal investigating officer of Starehe offices and had not been able to access Mr Mate from any police station or received any communication on his whereabouts, Mr Kangangi’s lawyer Julius Anyoka had alleged that no complain had been lodged at any police station.

With Mr Mate finally found Mr Kangangi’s fate would be known on Monday on how the case against him would proceed and whether more details regarding the alleged abduction had been found.

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