Kenyan Joseph Nyamuthe Escapes From Burundi Prison

Nyamuthe, who had been held in Murembwe Central Prison after being accused of drug trafficking, exhibited cholera-like symptoms during his detention.

Kenyan Joseph Nyamuthe Escapes From Burundi Prison

Kenyan businessman Joseph Mboya Nyamuthe has escaped from a prison in Burundi. 

Nyamuthe, who had been held in Murembwe Central Prison after being accused of drug trafficking, exhibited cholera-like symptoms during his detention. 

Nyamuthe was rushed to Rumonge hospital where he would eventually escape. 

Two police officers assigned to guard him at the hospital are both now under arrest on suspicion of facilitating his escape under the guise of FDD rebels fighting the Burundian government.

Kenyan businessman Joseph Mboya Nyamuthe next to a helicopter after a rally in Homa Bay in December 2019. /FACEBOOK

A top prison boss is alleged to have colluded with the rebels to facilitate Mboya’s escape. 

Nyamuthe the son-in-law of the late Hezekiah Oyugi, one of the country’s most powerful figures in the late President Daniel Arap Moi administration. 

Before moving to Burundi, he had expressed interest in running for the Rangwe Parliamentary seat in the 2022 General Election. 

He launched a pharmaceuticals company in Burundi in 2019 that was unveiled by then President the late Jean Pierre Nkurunzinza. 

The businessman grabbed national headlines after he was roped into allegations of being part of a drug trafficking syndicate involving his pharmaceutical company, top government officials as well as a Turkish national. 

The Turkish national was arrested by police officers in March 2021, which led to the police establishing links between the Turk and Nyamuthe. It's reported that his company had transported drugs via Somalia to Burundi as medicine to fool authorities. 

This led to a further probe into the matter as a search hunt for Nyamuthe was launched. The Kenyan government, however, declined to comment on his whereabouts.  

"I have no knowledge of his whereabouts," Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna previously informed the media.   

Nyamuthe was eventually tracked down and arrested in April 2021.

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunzinza flanked by Kenyan businessman Joseph Mboya Nyamuthe. /TWITTER