Lost Kabete aspirant is rich, and people’s favourite

Election drama takes dangerous twist

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One of Kabete MP aspirant Charles Chege's branded campaign vehicles. PHOTO: COURTESY

The ongoing political campaigns took a different turn on Saturday, April 15, when Kenyans woke up to the news that Kabete Member of Parliament aspirant, Charles Chege, had gone missing under unexplained circumstances.

His luxurious SUV, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, was recovered near Rungiri dam. All his personal belongings, including his phones were found intact inside the car.

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Kabete MP aspirant Charles Chege’s car, which was found near a dam in Gitaru area, at King’eero police station, April 15, 2017.

But it is the two bullet holes in the back left door near the locks that told the story of a kidnapping ordeal. The rear windscreen had also been smashed.

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No sooner had the news of his disappearance reached the residents of Kabete, than protesters milled around King’eero police station demanding to know the whereabouts of the aspiring politician.

Residents who called the police station reported hearing gunshots at about 3am. Officers who were on patrol responded to the alert while DCI officers visited the crime scene later in the day.

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As the day progressed, protesters lit bonfires on Gitaru-Wangige road using old tires and blocked it. Others took the protests to Wangige, Kanjeru, Uthiru, Nyanthuna and Ndumboini.

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Kabete residents hold demonstrations, following the disappearance of MP aspirant Charles Chege, whose vehicle was found with bullet holes, April 15, 2017. GEORGE MUGO/THE STAR

Chege is said to be the people’s favourite for the Kabete seat which is currently occupied by Ferdinard Waititu. The later has since moved his ambitions to the Kiambu Governor’s seat where he is fighting out with the incumbent William Kabogo.

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Before going missing, Chege was never shy to flex his financial muscle, he boasted a fleet of branded cars and a general display of opulence.

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The rest of the fleet.

He’s a commerce graduate from the University of Nairobi, holds a CPA (K) and a masters degree in public finance management.