By Wanja Waweru
A 25-year-old man was on Sunday night stabbed to death by a boda boda rider who had refused to pay his bill in a hotel where the victim worked as a part-time chef.
Patrick Mureithi from Boiman in Nyandarua and a trained NYS machinery operator, previously worked as a rider by day and at his aunt’s hotel in Nyahururu town at night.
The assault started when he questioned the suspect, who had eaten at the restaurant but refused to pay.
According to reports, the attacker was just recently released from prison.
He committed the horrific act, then he vanished on a motorcycle. In the vast Maina village, where the crime took place, Boda Boda riders mobilized themselves for a night-long operation to find the offender.
Numerous interviews suggested that the assailant might belong to a group that makes nighttime visits to hotels and pubs with female companions before robbing victims after making a scene.
A man who witnessed one of many such occurrences reported in Nyahururu town said, “The gang enters a hotel or bar where, after a short time, one of the girls in the groups initiates a fight with a patron and her male companions appear to be supporting her and, in the process, loot the victim.”
As police continue their search for the suspect, the body was transferred to the mortuary at Nyahururu County Hospital.
Boda boda associates and friends of the deceased flocked to the morgue to inspect his body in anguish.