Kiambu chiefs hospitalised after beating by drug peddlers during arrest


Kiambu chiefs hospitalised after beating by drug peddlers during arrest

In Summary

  • Four assistant chiefs are currently nursing injuries following an attack by drug peddlers during an operation in Kanyigi, Gatundu North constituency, Kiambu County.
  • Mangu sub-location assistant chief, James Gitau Kamami, on Monday morning at around 5.30am led a raid on the home of Mburu Tithu following a tip-off that he was in possession of bhang.
  • Gitau was flanked by fellow assistant chiefs Francis Muhia (Mwea), Samuel Kamau (Mukurwe), and Joseph Kuria (Mitero).

Four assistant chiefs are currently nursing injuries following an attack by drug peddlers during a botched operation in Kanyigi, Gatundu North constituency, Kiambu County.

Mangu sub-location assistant chief, James Gitau Kamami, on Monday morning at around 5.30am led a raid on the home of Mburu Tithu, a suspected drug peddler, following a tip-off that he was in possession of bhang.

Gitau was flanked by fellow assistant chiefs Francis Muhia (Mwea), Samuel Kamau (Mukurwe), and Joseph Kuria (Mitero).

The four reportedly overpowered Mburu and recovered 5kgs of bhang before his brother emerged from the house yelling and charging towards the chiefs.

The culprit’s brother is said to have rescued his kin, handing him a panga (machete) after which they assaulted the officials.

Assistant Chief Gitau was hit on the ribs using a rungu (cudgel) while his Mukurwe counterpart Kamau had his left hand thumb cut by a panga.

Mwea assistant chief Muhia is nursing cuts on the head and right hand while Joseph Kuria of Mitero was cut on the forehead.

The four were rushed to Igegania Hospital where they were admitted in stable condition.

Efforts are currently underway to trace and arrest the brothers.

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