Gatundu man ac­cuses chief of as­sault

Munene says he is sur­prised Gaiti ac­cuses him of as­sault, calls him a drug dealer

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - NG’ANG’A THAIRU @TheS­tarKenya

A 42-year-old man is ad­mit­ted at the Gatundu Level 4 Hos­pi­tal after an as­sis­tant chief al­legedly crushed his tes­ti­cles for re­fus­ing to sell sweet potato vines to him at a throw­away price.

Speak­ing from his hos­pi­tal bed on Sun­day, Thomas Gaiti said he lost one of his tes­ti­cles after the or­deal. He told the Star he was pre­par­ing sup­per on Wed­nes­day last week at 7.30pm in his Karembu home with his child. Then as­sis­tant chief Stephen Munene, his son and an AP of­fi­cer en­tered his house and said they were look­ing for bhang, he said.

He said the trio ran­sacked the house, scat­ter­ing doc­u­ments. Gaiti said they stole Sh8,000 from him. He said Munene and his son beat him up with whips and kicked him in his pri­vate parts, un­til he was un­con­scious.

Gaiti said they ar­rested him and us­ing Munene’s ve­hi­cle, they drove him to Kinare For­est in Ki­ganjo. He said they were about to dump him in the for­est, but the AP of­fi­cer said it was risky as wit­nesses, in­clud­ing his mother Mary Njeri and son had seen them take him from the house.

Gaiti said they took him to Gatundu po­lice sta­tion, but the of­fi­cers on duty de­clined to book him, as he was in pain. He said the of­fi­cers told the trio to take him to the hos­pi­tal. He was taken to Gatundu Level 4 Hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day, where he was treated and dis­charged. On Thurs­day, he was taken to court and he told the mag­is­trate he was in pain. The mag­is­trate or­dered he be taken to hos­pi­tal. He was treated and dis­charged once again. On Fri­day, he was ad­mit­ted for a third time.

Gaiti said on Satur­day, he un­der­went surgery and one of his tes­ti­cles was re­moved. He said he has recorded a state­ment with po­lice.

Gaiti said his prob­lem with Munene started when he re­fused to sell sweet potato vines to the ad­min­is­tra­tor at Sh1,000 for two pick-up truck loads.

Munene has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. He said he ar­rested Gaiti and booked him at Gatundu po­lice sta­tion and is sur­prised he is now be­ing ac­cused of as­sault. Munene also de­nied he used his per­sonal ve­hi­cle to take Gaiti to the po­lice sta­tion. He said Gaiti is a known drug dealer. Gatundu po­lice boss Bernard Muli said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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