Law enforcers from the Flying Squad unit on Monday night raided witchdoctor Annah Mutheu’s Machakos home as they sought to find out if she was involved in a car theft syndicate.
Led by Flying Squad boss, Musa Yego, the law enforcers arrived at Ms Mutheu’s home located in Tala, Matungulu Sub-County, Machakos County on Monday at 10pm; and left on Tuesday at 1pm, whisking the herbalist away.
Sources say the Flying Squad were acting on a tip-off that the middle-aged woman was benefiting from proceeds of car theft.
Over ten vehicles, with a majority being four-wheel drive cars, were found parked at Annah Mutheu’s compound.
The Flying Squad officers, however, established that Ms Mutheu could prove ownership of the ten-plus vehicles.
The law enforcers conducted a thorough search in the witchdoctor’s house, where they found more than 130 identity cards of different Kenyans.
It is said Ms Mutheu often asks her clients to leave their IDs with her as collateral, when they fail to raise her service fees.
The Flying Squad officers were also looking for firearms believed to have been hidden in her house, with the law enforcers suspecting Ms Mutheu was coordinating a syndicate of vehicle thieves. No guns were found in her possession.
Reports allege that Ms Mutheu had also bought a new vehicle, which had been stolen from another Kenyan, and the Flying Squad were on a mission to find out if that claim was true.
Ms Mutheu at one point was seen and heard calling her son on phone, lamenting how she was being implicated in crimes “she knows nothing about”.
The Flying Squad officers confiscated her phone before whisking her to a waiting vehicle and speeding off.
It remains unclear where the law enforcers took her.
Ms Mutheu, who has been practicing witchcraft for more than 15 years, allegedly owns apartments in Tala, Machakos County; petrol stations in Komarock, Nairobi and Kenol in Kangundo.
The witchdoctor is also said to own rental houses in Mombasa and Nairobi, among other businesses.
Her Tala home in Machakos is reportedly valued at Ksh40 million.