Mwenda Mbijiwe: Ex-KDF Commander's Driver Missing

The driver’s family disclosed that the 49-year-old from Kitale had disappeared on the same day as Mbijiwe, but it remains a mystery of whether the two had vanished in similar circumstances.

Mwenda Mbijiwe: Ex-KDF Commander's Driver Missing

Matthew Muhatia Namasaka, a driver to former Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) commander Mwenda Mbijiwe, who vanished on Saturday, June 12, has been reported missing.

His family disclosed that the 49-year-old from Kitale had disappeared on the same day as Mbijiwe, but it remains a mystery of whether the two had vanished in similar circumstances.

The two were very close friends to the point that they spent a night together at Muhatia's home in Kawangware and his upcountry home in Kitale in December 2020.

The day before both men went missing, Mbijiwe had visited Muhatia at his Kawangware home and spent an hour talking to the 49-year-old driver. The next day, Muhatia left his home in a hired Toyota Fielder at 5 am on grounds of attending to an urgent call from Mbjiwe at around 4.45 am.

Cynthia Salome Watai, Mathew Muhatia's wife in an interview with the Standard. /STANDARD DIGITAL

He left wearing a checked blue shirt with a matching pair of trousers, and had declined to explain to his wife, Cynthia Salome Watai, the purpose of the early morning assignment. He however promised to return in the evening.

At around 11 am, Muhatia called his wife, who heard Mbijiwe's voice in the background. He assured her that they were okay and sent her money for supper.

Muhatia never made it back home, prompting Salome to file a missing person's report on Friday, June 18 at Muthangari Police Station. The Toyota Fielder Muhatia was driving was later found abandoned along Mai Mahiu road.

Mwenda Mbijiwe's family has however denied that Muhatia was a friend to the ex-soldier.

A relative of the missing ex-soldier told a local media house that Muhatia was a Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officer who befriended Mbijiwe as an undercover act.

Salome has since described him as a prayerful and family-oriented man but discreet and withdrawn at times. 

Mbijiwe is a popular TV expert and consultant who specialises on security matters. The former Kenya Air Force's Air Defence Control Unit commander has however had a few clashes with law enforcements.

In June 2019, he was arraigned in court after being charged with fraud. Mbijiwe was accused of falselt acquiring Ksh150,000 from a man after convincing him that he had links and networks from the United Nations.  

Mwenda Mbijiwe during a past address. /STANDARD DIGITAL