Re­lease Kiala’s daugh­ter or face Kamba curse, kid­nap­pers told

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Kamba el­ders from Masinga in Machakos county have threat­ened to use “tra­di­tional meth­ods” — a curse — to find Deputy Gover­nor Bernard Kiala’s daugh­ter. She al­legedly was kid­napped last Wed­nes­day. Led by Paul Musembi, the el­ders yes­ter­day gave the kid­nap­pers seven days to re­lease her or face a curse when they con­duct a tra­di­tional oath fa­mously known as ‘Kithitu’. “If they want peace, let them re­lease Kiala’s daugh­ter with­out any de­mands be­cause if they don’t, we will teach them the les­son of their life­time. This is to­tally un­ac­cept­able,” he said. “Those try­ing to in­tim­i­date Kiala to stop his Machakos gover­nor bid will be in for a rude shock. You can­not ask some­one to drop is bid by kid­nap­ping his kid, that is a very in­hu­mane way of do­ing things.” The el­ders urged the po­lice to help find Kiala’s daugh­ter. Kiala’s daugh­ter was re­port­edly ab­ducted on Wed­nes­day by peo­ple the deputy gover­nor said de­manded that he drop his bid for gover­nor. The text sent to his wife on Fri­day read, “We have your daugh­ter alive. We will re­lease her. But tell your hus­band if he runs for gover­nor, it will not be the first at­tempt.” Speak­ing to the Star on the phone yes­ter­day, Kiala said the po­lice are still search­ing for his daugh­ter. Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been chal­lenged to give ev­i­dence link­ing Gover­nor Al­fred Mu­tua to the al­leged kid­nap­ping.

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