Miriam Mwelu, who was employed by Treasury CAS Nelson Gaichuhie, had been hiding out until Tuesday, when she was arrested by police while visiting a witch doctor who had claimed to shield her from the DCI.
The raid was undertaken by the Elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) with support from the Special Services Unit (SSU), according to a statement from the investigators.
“The suspect identified as Miriam Mwelu, who was accompanied by her partner Timothy Akoi, was found at a renowned witch doctor’s house in Gachie, Kiambu County, where Mwelu had gone to seek protection from our men.
“The detectives arrived in time as the suspect was being immersed in a basin containing a concoction of blood drawn from a dead fowl, whose features resembled those of a cockerel. Upon noticing the detectives, the elderly witch doctor pronounced endless incantations in an attempt to keep them at bay,” read the statement in part.
The suspect had closed her eyes in the hopes that the charms would work, but the detectives weren’t bothered and went ahead and arrested her.
“She couldn’t come to terms with reality after the in-charge of the operation told her ‘mama bado tuko hapa vaa nguo twende’,” the statement continued.
Police seized paraphernalia from the witch doctor’s tools of trade at the scene, including horns, feathers, and cowrie shells.
Later, the suspect directed the investigators to the residence of her parents in Ithanga, Murang’a County, where Sh1.57 million was recovered. The jewelry that had been taken from the home of the Treasury CAS was also found.