Police probe strangers’ visit to Gideon’s home
Published on February 7, 2008, 12:00 am
By Cyrus Ombati
Police in Nairobi are investigating an incident in which strangers went to a house in Karen looking for former Baringo Central MP, Mr Gideon Moi.
The four smartly dressed men knocked at the gate of the home on Monday night, believing it belonged to Gideon and asked to see him.
A guard at the gate, who recorded a statement with the police, said he told the men that he did not know who the owner of the compound was.
And last evening, Gideon expressed fears for his security at a time of heightened insecurity in the country.
The former MP said he had spoken to the Police Commissioner, Maj-Gen Hussein Ali, to express his fears.
On Wednesday, we learnt that the strangers told the guard they knew who the house belonged to and all they wanted to know was if he was in.
But the guard stood his ground and informed them that there was no one in the house.
They then conspired in low tones before going back to their vehicle and speeding off without stating their identities and their mission.
Speaking to The Standard, police said the guard had told them that the men seemed to know well where they were going, whom they wanted and what to do.
The guard recorded a statement with the police at the Karen Police Station. It is believed the strangers were armed.
Officers there said the men had asked the guard if Gideon was in the house or “the other one on the other side”, insinuating that he had two houses in the area.
Lang’ata Officer Commanding Police Division, Mr Patrick Mang’oli, said a team of investigators has been set up to pursue the matter.
Mang’oli said they had not established the motive behind the incident and they were taking the matter seriously.
“The guard says the men were looking for the honourable former MP and he does not know them. We are investigating who they were and their motive,” he said.
Guards at the compound refused to talk to journalists claiming not to know the incident nor the owner of the house.
“We are just employees and we do not know who owns the compound,” shouted one guard as he peeped through the pigeonhole.