Thika Businessman Speaks Up, Says His Captors Made him Work As a House Help

The Thika millionaire businessman who resurfaced yesterday has spoken up for the first time.

Julius Gitau, has now told the police that he was being held hostage for the entire period.

Gitau went missing in September and alleged that he had been freed by his abductors on Saturday after being held in Gatundu North in a town called Kamwangi.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said they picked Gitau’s mobile phone signals as he was talking to his wife.

The detectives then went to Nelly’s house where they found the businessman and directed him to present himself to DCI offices in Gatanga yesterday.

According to the police, Gitau claimed that on the day he went missing he was abducted by gun-wielding men near Kenya Revenue Authority officers in Thika around 10am while on his way to a local gym.

“Accompanied by my third wife, who is a police officer in Thika, I reported to my shop in the heart of the town and delivered a parcel to my messenger around 7am,” he said.

He then left for the gym but was abducted and lost consciousness after being forced to have a soda.

When he regained consciousness, he found himself in a big building with a hall, a place where he spent 11 weeks serving as a domestic worker.

“I was made to wash clothes and utensils for the tenants. Once in a while, I was ordered to clean the compound,” Gitau’s statement to the police says.

He claimed that he could not identify the owners of the building or understand his disappearance because he was restricted to servant quarters.

Gitau could not also explain the motive of his abduction. His family says no one called to demand a ransom.

Officers handling the matter told Nation that Gitau’s story is not believable. They said the tycoon’s account of what transpired would be reviewed “with all the expertise and technology available”.



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