Earlier this week, Kenyan businessman Joseph Mboya Nyamuthe escaped a Burundian prison where he had been serving time for accusations of drug trafficking.
The businessman had been held in Murembwe Central Prison where prior to his elaborate escape, had exhibited cholera-like symptoms that forced prison officers to take him to the hospital.
Nyamuthe was thus rushed to Rumonge hospital where he would eventually escape under the watch of two prison wardens.
Authorities have now arrested the two police officers assigned to guard him at the hospital on suspicion of facilitating his escape under the guise of FDD rebels fighting the Burundian government.
A top prison boss is alleged to have colluded with the rebels to facilitate Mboya’s escape.
Nyamuthe the son-in-law of the late Hezekiah Oyugi, one of the country’s most powerful figures in the late President Daniel Arap Moi administration.
Before moving to Burundi, he had expressed interest in running for the Rangwe Parliamentary seat in the 2022 General Election.
He launched a pharmaceuticals company in Burundi in 2019 that was unveiled by then President the late Jean Pierre Nkurunzinza.
The businessman grabbed national headlines after he was roped into allegations of being part of a drug trafficking syndicate involving his pharmaceutical company, top government officials as well as a Turkish national.
The Turkish national was arrested by police officers in March 2021, which led to the police establishing links between the Turk and Nyamuthe. It’s reported that his company had transported drugs via Somalia to Burundi as medicine to fool authorities.
This led to a further probe into the matter as a search hunt for Nyamuthe was launched. The Kenyan government, however, declined to comment on his whereabouts.
“I have no knowledge of his whereabouts,” Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna previously informed the media.
Nyamuthe was eventually tracked down and arrested in April 2021