By: MAURICE KALUOCH
Police in Homa Bay County are looking for a gang that kidnapped three children of county secretary Isaiah Ogwe on Saturday and demanded a Sh6 million ransom.
According to Mr Ogwe, who has recorded a statement with the police, the three children aged four, seven and ten – two daughters and a son – were picked from his Rodi Kopany rural home at around 11am.
Friends and relatives Sunday thronged Mr Ogwe’s home as police intensified the search for the kidnappers following indications that they were operating from Muhuru Bay in Migori County.
Mr Ogwe said that the kidnappers had sent him a text message demanding money before they could release the children.
“Within 18 hours you must bring Sh6 million in order to get your kids,” the message seen by the Nation read.
It was sent at around 11.46 am on Saturday to the county official’s Yu Mobile number.
Mr Ogwe told police that upon receipt of the text message, the kidnappers again called him after intervals of one minute through his Airtel and Safaricom lines.
The kidnappers threatened to kill the children if their demands were not met.
Mr Ogwe later reported the matter to the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The kidnappers later switched off their phones, frustrating efforts by Mr Ogwe and his family to reach them.
Both Mr Ogwe and his friends had Saturday evening arrived in Muhuru Bay to negotiate with the kidnappers only to realise that they had switched off their phones.
“I do not understand how they expect me to link up with them now that they have decided to switch off their phones,” said a distraught Mr Ogwe.
Police believe that that the kidnappers are holed up in a location within Muhuru Bay.
“At the moment we cannot say much but I want to assure you that we are making substantial progress,” said an officer.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION