A mother and her two children are still missing after visiting Major Peter Mugure who is based at Nanyuki’s Laikipia Airbase.
Maj Peter Mugure was arrested yesterday, 15th November 2019, evening after a back and forth that saw him record three police statements, and is now waiting to be presented in court on Monday the 18th of November 2019.
“We will take him to court on Monday and seek more time to detain him for further interrogations and investigations,” the Laikipia East Criminal Investigations Officer Jacob Muriithi revealed.
Peter Mugure is said to have been in an affair with 31-year-old Joyce Syombua who is now missing since she visited him with her two children Shanice, a girl aged 10 years old and Prince Michael aged 5 years of age on the 25th October 2019.
It has been three weeks since Joyce Syombua and her two children went missing without ever making any form of communication with her friends and family since that day when she visited Maj Peter in Nanyuki causing her mother, Maua Malombe, agony as they fear for the mother of two and her children’s lives.
Joyce Syombua had traveled with her two children from Kayole, Nairobi where they lived, to visit Peter, her lover of 13 years, at the Nanyuki Airbase in Laikipia.
According to Joyce Syombua’s mother, Maua Malombe, the relationship between her daughter and Maj Peter was an on and off one.
“Peter requested that he needed to spend time with the children after schools closed. He sent Joyce fare and they were excited when they left for Nanyuki,” a distraught Joyce Syombua’s mother said.
“Syombua texted me to say they had arrived safely and also texted her childhood friend Kateng’u who she texted at around 11 pm,” Joyce Syombua’s mother says.
Joyce Syombua is reported to have texted her friend Kateng’u at 8 am on Saturday, 26th October 2019, the following day saying according to Kateng’u,“In the text message she told me that when she came from the bathroom, she did not find Peter and the children. She also told me when she called him, he said he was taking them on a tour of the facility and would be back.”
Kateng’u says that Syombua texted after a few hours saying Peter was back but without the children whom she said he replied he had taken them to a friend’s house because they needed privacy to iron out their differences.
By 7 pm, the children were yet to return to Joyce Syombua according to Kateng’u when they last spoke Joyce. Kateng’u says the next time she called Joyce, her phone was off and that was to be the last time they would speak.
Kateng’u, on reaching out to Peter Mugure, whose number she had been given by Syombua, to enquire on the whereabouts of Joyce Syombua was told that he had seen them off to board a matatu back to Kayole, Nairobi on that Saturday night.
Joyce Syombua and her children never arrived in Kayole and have never been seen ever since, pushing her family to file a case of missing persons at Soweto Police Station that Sunday, 27th October 2019.
Joyce Syombua’s mother met Maj Peter Mugure at the Nanyuki Police Station when she went to make a follow-up report; Peter was also recording a statement on the disappearance of Joyce and her two children.
According to Maj Peter Mugure, he had escorted Joyce Syombua and her two children at 6.30 pm on the 26th of October 2019, to the bus stage and left them at the stage waiting to board a matatu.
Peter recorded that he went back to his workplace and did not know which vehicle the mother of two and her children boarded.
Joyce Syombua’s Phone
The phone of Joyce Syombua was recovered on 13th November 2019 in a 4NTE Sacco registered matatu in Nanyuki town with an official of the Sacco denying that their vehicle ferried the three to Nairobi.
“We do not ferry clients at night, the vehicle in which the phone was found was on a private duty that day,” the 4NTE Sacco official said, killing one of the major leads expected to help in the recovery of the mother and her two children.
The family of Joyce Syombua is now appealing to relevant authorities to help them get to the root of the matter and unravel the mystery behind the missing Joyce Syombua and her two children.