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One week later, search for missing Thika trader still on


Thika residents are still grappling with the mysterious disappearance of a prominent trader who went missing a week ago.

Julius Gitau Wanyoike alias Gitau Wa Mali who runs a wholesale shop behind the Thika main bus stage disappeared last Monday morning and has not been seen since.

According to the Thika Main Stage Traders Association Chairman John Tumbo, Gitau drove himself in one of his distribution trucks and abandoned it near the Blue Post flyover. He then called his driver on phone and told him to go for the vehicle.

One of Gitau's employees, David Kaloki, says that when the driver arrived at the scene, he only found the truck with the doors unlocked and the ignition key inside.

Gitau is said to have left a handwritten note inside the vehicle that read;
"Hey family. Hii maisha imenishinda. Sitaki kutafutwa na watu wasijisumbue kunitafuta niko kwa maji. Family nawapenda sana"

A search team comprising family members and police combed Thika River but failed to get him. Gatanga sub county Police Commander Peter Muchemi under whose jurisdiction the matter was reported said police were still treating it as a "missing person report."

Thika District Business Association (TDBA) Chairman Alfred Wanyoike appealed to whoever with any information that might assist in finding the missing colleague to volunteer it to any police station nearest to them.

Consequently, TDBA has summoned the Thika business fraternity a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday Sept. 29th) at 4 pm at Three Shades Hotel Hall - Main stage to deliberate on the way forward.

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