Police in Thika Town on Wednesday, March 29, arrested a 45-year-old businesswoman, who allegedly lied that she had been kidnapped so as to receive money from close friends and relatives.
The woman, identified as Rachel Charity Wangui, was reported missing from Thika Town on February 28, and police, consequently, launched a search for the missing mother-of-one.
Ms Wangui was on Wednesday, March 29, traced to a guest room in Kitui Town, where she had booked herself in, while regularly phoning her relations in a brittle voice, claiming that her kidnappers had given her an ultimatum for a ransom, which if won’t be paid, there would be grim consequences.
Confirming the incident, Thika Deputy OCPD Bernard Ayoo said: “We received a report on February 28 that Rachel Charity Wangui, 45, went missing from Thika Town. We have been making follow ups to know her whereabouts. She was found in Superstar Guest House in Kitui Town, where she had booked a room, calling relatives regularly to send her money.
“She claims that she has a loan of about KSh80, 000. So, with the use of a tracking technology, we traced her to Kitui Town. Our officers swung into action today and found her in the guest room, where she was in a very stable condition. She is okay. We will take her to court for giving false information after investigations are concluded,” said Mr Ayoo.
The Thika deputy police boss said investigators would request for Ms Wangui’s mobile money transfer records from a telecommunications service provider that she is registered as a user to ascertain the amount of money she received through deceit.
Ms Wangui, who owns a butcher shop in Thika Town, is being held at the Thika police station.