By Judith Gicobi
Unknown gunmen sprayed over 20 gunshots on the bustling Bonanza neighborhood of Embu town on Wednesday, June 8. The shooting incidence has revealed new insights about the turbulent past of Embu politician, Dennis Mbae.
Mbae was accused of drug trafficking, robbery with violence, and murder, according to preliminary reports culled from court papers.
His legal troubles began on May 5, 2014, when he was charged with murder after a businessman was found slain at his home in Embu’s Shauri estate. He was accused with four other people.
They argued that they were simply arrested for selling unlawful wine before Justice Florence Muchemi, and that they were not charged with anything else. The case is still pending.
In 2018, he was apprehended and accused with trafficking Ksh260,000 worth of bhang. Detectives working the case claimed they had been following him for more than three months. He was tied to a narcotics trafficking group that operated in neighboring countries.
He was freed on Ksh300,000 bail after denying the charges. The case also is still pending.
One of his acquaintances, a top official with the Directorate of Criminal Investigation unit, was abducted and eventually found dead in January of this year. Mbae is said to have been protected by the cops while performing his errands.
Taking a reformist approach, Mbae ran for Kirimari Ward in the 2017 General Election. He attempted to enter active politics through the Maendeleo Chap Chap party, but was defeated in party nominations by Morris Muchiri.
Mbae’s assailants escaped with a car with no plate number, according to police records after an attack just a few kilometers from his home.
“It is true the trader was heading home when he was fatally attacked by people whose vehicle had no registration numbers. We have commenced investigations with a view of establishing the truth of the matter,” Embu West Sub County police boss, Julius Kyumbule, stated.
His family, on the other hand, has yet to address his murder. The body is currently lying at the Embu Level 5 hospital as investigations into the murder continue.