Businessman killed, another injured and his daughters raped in Bungoma
06 May 2015, 21:43
Bungoma - One businessman was killed, another one seriously injured and his two daughters raped after a gang attacked Kimukung'i village in Kanduyi constituency on Tuesday night.
Eliud Nyakwari, a renown businessman at the Mayanja trading centre, was shot dead by armed thugs at around midnight inside his house.
Speaking to the press in Kimukung'i, Nyakwari’s wife, Everlyn Okisare said the armed thugs shot his husband from outside before making their way into the house where they made away with an unkown amount of money.
“We heard commotion outside and when my husband tried to peep through the window, the thugs fired several bullets killing him instantly before forcing their way inside the house,” she said, adding that they demanded for money which she gave them.
Nyakwari’s body is currently lying at the Bungoma hospital mortuary.
The gang later went to another homestead where they beat up another businessman, George Wekesa, barely 100 meters from Nyakwari's home, hitting him with blunt objects before leaving him for the dead.
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They later abducted her two daughters before repeatedly raping and abandoning them in the nearby river.
According to the wife, Jane Simiyu, the gang made their way into the house after breaking one of the windows at around midnight, firing several bullets and demanded for money.
“Our efforts to call police were futile. My husband obliged after they beat him with crude weapons, handing over 70 000 shilings to them,” she said.
They later abducted their two high school girls whom they raped repeatedly before abandoning them,. They are all currently receiving treatment at the Bungoma referral hospital.
Residents of Kimukung'i village woke up to the sad news Wednesday morning prompting them to hold protests, blocking the Chwele-Bungoma road where they blamed the police for sleeping on their jobs.
Kanduyi member of parliament, Wafula Wamunyinyi and Bungoma south deputy County Commissioner, John Tanui visited the scene.
Wamunyi accused police of taking too long to respond to the distress calls by the residents who endured the attackers for over three hours.
“We are demanding for a clear answer as to why police took very long to respond to the calls by residents for help,” said Wamumnyinyi.
He said residents had no option but to protect themselves by forming vigilant groups, noting that robbery incidents in the County had increased.
Bungoma County commissioner said he had formed an investigation team to ascertain the response of the police.
“If indeed somebody slept on his job, we can assure you that that will send heads rolling,” he said.
He said his security team had done mapping and zoning of all regions and expected the police to cover all areas.
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