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Cattle thieves given one-week ultimatum

03 July 2013, 16:18 Oduor Omondi

Cattle thieves who terrorize residents of Nyakach in Kisumu County have been given one-week ultimatum to either reform, surrender or face the full force of the law.

Nyakach District Commissioner Joseph Magoha disclosed that most of the cattle theft incidents that rocked the area in the recent past was masterminded by a few local residents who led outsiders to the targeted homesteads to drive away the stolen animals.

Magoha said it was unfortunate that the youthful cattle thieves end up selling the stolen animals at throw away prices to their accomplices from the neighboring community.

“What shocks us is the fact that these cattle thieves specifically target child-headed homes as well as those headed by widows, thus compounding their poverty situation,” the administrator stated.

He argued that no stranger can easily find their way at night into and out of a homestead they have never been before, confirming that animal theft in the area was being spearheaded by local residents who kept their distance during the night operations.

Magoha further disclosed that security agents in Nyakach and Kisumu County at large were tracking down the suspects who live in the midst of local residents and expressed confidence that their proverbial 40 days will soon come to pass.

The DC has subsequently ordered anti-stock theft unit based at Sondu to intensify patrols especially along the border areas with a view to curbing the menace in order to protect citizens' lives and property.

However, he cautioned local communities against taking the law into their own hands by resorting to lynching the suspects as this denied security agencies the opportunity to grill suspects for easy tracking down of their accomplices and their subsequent prosecution.

“Give us a chance to thoroughly interrogate suspects instead of wasting them away through lynching, as this is the only sure way to get to know the identities of those still at large if we hope to curb such crime,” said Magoha.

He called for strengthening of community policing activities in Nyakach so that local residents can easily access security agencies and tip them off on the suspected criminals still lurking around.

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