We Want Mwenda Mbijiwe Dead or Alive- Family
Leaders from Mbijiwe's home town in Meru County lamented that the community is growing tired of the delays by the Kenya Police Service to find him.
The family and friends of former Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) commander Mwenda Mbijiwe, who went missing on Saturday, June 12 have given security agencies 10 days to produce him dead or alive.
According to The Standard, leaders from Mbijiwe's home town in Meru County lamented that the community is growing tired of the delays by the Kenya Police Service to find him.
Led by Meru MCAs George Kimathi and Robert Kinyua, the leaders announced that they will embark on continuous protests adding that the government has failed to give them any updates on the search efforts.
Family and friends of missing security consultant Mwenda Mbijjiwe at his parents home at Sirimon in Buuri, Meru. /STANDARD DIGITAL
“We have been having a peaceful demonstration but the community is growing frustrated and people have decided to block roads to express their displeasure,” said Timau Ward’s Kimathi at the home of Mbijjiwe’s parents at Sirimon in Buuri sub-County in Meru
The MCAs appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti, to intervene.
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.
His case has continued to puzzle authorities after Matthew Muhatia Namasaka, his driver, also vanished.
Muhatia'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.
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.
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.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Nairobi. /FILE