Kabete parliamentary aspirant Charles Chege aka Chege Fresh was fed with bread and soda laced with drugs by his abductors in an isolated house, where he was in captivity throughout the weekend, it emerged on Sunday.
Passers-by found the politician, who was reported missing on Friday, dumped near Hass Petrol Station in Narok Town on Sunday morning.
There were fears that he had been assassinated when his bullet-riddled vehicle was recovered near Rungiri dam in Kiambi County on Friday.
According to Narok police boss Philip Kipkirui, the politician had no physical injuries when he was found but appeared frail and complained of abdominal pains that seemed to have been inflicted by his tormentors.
“He told us that he was given drugs twice in a soda by his abductors and didn’t know where he was until he resurfaced in Narok Town,” said Mr Kipkurui shortly after Mr Chege recorded a statement with the police.
A taxi driver, Mr Samson Odhiambo, said Mr Chege was staggering when he walked towards his parked car.
“He asked me, ‘Where is this place?’ Then he requested to use my phone to call his wife,” Mr Odhiambo recalled. “He was weak and I thought of taking him to a nearby hotel but I chose to first rush him to the Narok County Referral Hospital for treatment.”
Mr Chege was treated at the county facility before being referred to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.
But when he was discharged from the hospital’s private wing, the politician refused to talk to journalists.
“I am well and I thank God I am okay. I will speak later,” Mr Chege told a battery of journalists who flocked the hospital.
Accompanied by family and friends, he was taken to Nairobi by ambulance with police escort.
According to his statement with the police, Mr Chege was hidden in a house in an unknown location and fed with sleep-inducing drugs by his tormentors since Friday. He was guarded by three people who were armed with pistols and an AK-47 rifle, who later dumped him.
His disappearance led to protests in major trading centres in Kabete Constituency on Saturday as residents, mostly his supporters, demanded that police speed up the search.