Kwale, KENYA: There was drama in Likoni when Kwale Women Rep Zainab Chidzuga threatened a Baraka FM journalist after he tried covering a story involving the Kidnap of her alleged grand daughter.
Police on Thursday arrested four suspected Tanzanians including a woman, who were accused of Kidnapping a 6-yr-old girl who went missing six months ago.
The two of the suspects have been identified as Hassan Ramadhan Fiuka, Siraj Sarman Hamisi and the woman Batuli Miraji; the fourth suspect is yet to be identified.
Chidzuga accompanied by her two bodyguards arrived at the Assistant County Commissioners office in Likoni, after she was informed that her granddaughter had been found.
The Women rep was spotted kissing and hugging her grand daughter, she was then briefed for more than 3 hours by the security officers who conducted the rescue mission.
Drama began when the Women rep instructed his bodyguards to delete the photos taken by the two reporters present; saying the matter was a family affair.
“Who called you? Delete all the photos! “ordered Chidzuga.
Her bodyguards confiscated the reporters’ cameras and deleted all photos they had taken. When asked to comment about the matter; she started issuing threats to the journalists.
“I reserve my comments on this matter and If i see this story in any paper I Will “tamper” with you!” said an angry Chidzuga.
Witnesses say Administration Police officers arrested the three suspects near a total petrol station in Likoni, where they had agreed with one of the family members to take a sh. 70,000 ransom .
The girl is alleged to have been kidnapped as she was heading home from School in Kwale by unknown people.
According to a police source who was tasked to look for the girl, she was found alone locked in a house.
A close relative to the kidnapped girl, who only identified herself as Miss munira, told Baraka FM the kidnappers had asked for sh. 70,000 and they had proposed to meet at Total petrol station.
“These people have extorted a lot of money from us; we have sent them thousands of shillings and I can even show you in my Mpesa,” said the tearful woman.
She said one of the suspect’s phone shows he had communicated 19 times with another woman who was later arrested in connection with kidnapping.
Meanwhile, police had a hard time arresting the woman who is said to be one of the kidnappers in Bamburi area.