Son of powerful ex-PS during Moi Era languishing in Burundian jail for alleged drug trafficking

Joseph Mboya Nyamuthe
Joseph Mboya Nyamuthe. [Courtesy]

Joseph Mboya Nyamuthe, son of former Permanent Secretary in the Daniel Moi era Hezekiah Oyugi, has been detained incommunicado in Burundi over drug trafficking claims.

Mboya doubles up as a politician eyeing Rangwe Constituency seat.
He moved to Burundi in 2019 and established a pharmaceutical company.

The late Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza launched it.

He has been in prison since April 2021, according to official sources. His pharmaceutical company was accused of importing and exporting illegal drugs.

The axe fell on Mboya after a Turkish national was arrested in Bujumbura in March ferrying narcotics.

After questioning, Mboya and other top government officials in Burundi were arrested in connection with the narcotics trade in Burundi.

His company was reportedly used in moving narcotics to Burundi through Somalia in the guise of ferrying medicine to Burundi forces on peacekeeping missions.

Source told Nation that President Uhuru Kenyatta steered clear of his arrest when he invited Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye for Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1.

Uhuru said that Mboya should pay for his atrocities.

When contacted, Government Spokesman Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna said he is not aware of the case.

“I have no knowledge of his whereabouts,” Oguna said.