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Cell escapees key murder suspects

17 May 2013, 12:13 Alloys Musyoka

Three of the hardcore criminals who escaped from Gamba Police station on Wednesday night are key witness to recent tribal clash that left over 200 people dead and thousands others displaced, a government officer has said.

According to Tana River district Police Boss Richard Mukwate, the three who are very well know people were arrested following a clash involving two warring communities, the Pokomo and Orma.

"The three are facing murder charges because they were arrested five months ago following the tribal clash. They are well known people by Police and communities," he said.

He said they are from Kipini division in Garsen and Tarasaa division in Tana Delta district.

Addressing the media at Minjila in Tana Delta district on Thursday, Mukwate said that two of the other suspects are facing burglary charges and the other one stock theft charges.

Mukwate said they are well know people in the area adding that security operation to re-arrest them is ongoing in villages and forests as well as at all major roadblocks.

"We have circulated their names everywhere including the neighbouring districts. What we want is for members of public to inform us whenever they see suspicious people in their villages," he appealed.

The officer admitted that they are facing challenges in tracing the six suspects because of floods.

He said that it is difficult to identify footprints of the criminals because they escaped through the flooded areas.

"Officers who were manning the cells heard commotion and when they went to see what was it they realized that the six had broken the main door and left leaving behind six others. Now the problem is tracing them because the route they used to escape, behind the police post, is flooded. You can't see their footsteps," lamented the OCPD.

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