Prin­ci­pal of Kiru Boys miss­ing since Satur­day

Cops and col­leagues form search party at Kiri­ani, where phone sig­nal last de­tected

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

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.

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