By Jesse Mwangi in the Nairobi Star
An Anglican priest who recently declared his interest for the governor seat in Murang'a county claims he has received several death threats.
Rev Peter Karanja said he has been trailed twice by unfamiliar people in a car and narrowly escaped a kidnapping attempt in Nairobi. Karanja said his life is in danger and alleged that those threatening him could be his rivals or their supporters.
The mobile phone text message seen by the Star had warned that if he does not drop his ambitions and refrain from Murang'a county politics his family and his supporters will regret dearly. The sms, written in Kiswahili, states that if he loves his family it would be advisable for him to abstain from politics and focus on his priestly vocation.
Karanja said he received the death threats on December 14 and reported the matter at Buru Buru police station where CID officers took up the matter and also gave him security officers to guard him. He said preliminary investigations by police revealed that the text message had been sent from around Golden palm hotel at Kenol Town in Murang'a.