Principal of Kiru Boys missing since Saturday
Cops and colleagues form search party at Kiriani, where phone signal last detected
Police in Murang’a county are searching for a principal who went missing last Saturday. Solomon Mwangi, Kiru Boys High School principal, was last seen at 11am at his Gatundu home.
Murang’a county commissioner John Elungata said they only learnt of his disappearance when he failed to turn up at the county headquarters in Murang’a town to pick KCSE exam papers on Monday morning.
He said at first they thought he was running late but grew suspicious when failed to turn up. Elungata said Mwangi had deposited Sh43,000 in his M-Pesa account and police are trying to get more information from the mobile phone provider.
A group of secondary school heads on Tuesday gathered at the county commissioner’s office demanding to know the progress of the search. They said Mwangi left his home at Ichachiri Secondary School, Gatundu, where his wife is a teacher, at 11am. He was going to Kiru Boys, where he had a meeting at 2pm. That was the last time anyone ever saw him.
The school heads said Mwangi’s phone signal was traced to Kiriaini shopping centre near Kiru Boys at 8.39pm before it went off. “A family member has said they frantically tried to reach him throughout the day but his phone was off before it went on again at 8pm,” a principal said.
Elungata said police are interviewing members of staff at the school and neighbours. “We are also looking at his home environment, his business activities and his work environment at school ,according to the information that we are receiving,” he said.
The commissioner said a search party has been scouring the area from Kiriaini shopping centre to the school to rule out the possibility he may have been killed and his body dumped in tea bushes. Elungata said investigations have established Mwangi planned to buy a vehicle and police are trying to establish what could have gone wrong.
He sought to dispel fears that Mwangi was targeted because he is a teacher. “He may however have been targeted by some criminal elements who wanted him to fail during the KCSE exam so he could be sacked,” Elungata said.