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Insecurity cases rampant in Laikipia

15 March 2013, 13:13 James Kabotia

The body of a 31 year old man was found floating at Nyaring’ino River within Daiga division in Laikipia East on Tuesday night.

Jackson Waithaka is said to have picked a quarrel with his father Joseph Macharia after he arrived home heavily drunk.

According to Laikipia East police Chief Joshua Lutukai, Macharia reported to Nanyuki Police station that his son had gone missing.

“At around 11pm on that day, we received the report from Macharia that his son had consumed a lot of beer and was nowhere to be seen,” Lutukai said.

Lutukai said that the man might have taken excess beer the moment he left the father’s house and on his return, he fell in the river and died.

However, the police commander further confirmed that Waithaka’s body had several injuries on his left leg.

Lutukai said that the body was taken to Nanyuki District mortuary where it will undergo postmortem to identify the cause of his death.

“Right now, we are waiting for the postmortem report so that we can continue with our investigations thoroughly,” noted Lutukai.

Insecurity in Laikipia County has gone rampant over the past three weeks.

On the eve of Kenya’s General elections, three cattle rustlers were shot dead by anti-stock theft police unit at Ilpolei in Laikipia North.

In the melee, the police recovered two guns and eight rounds of ammunition.   

While confirming the incident, the anti-stock theft senior officer John Ogola said that the three had stolen 10 goats from Kimugandura area they managed to trace and kill them.

“We managed to recover a G3 and Carribean rifles after a prolonged shoot-out at around 2am,” said Ogola.

Ogola said that the animals were finally returned to the owner named Esther Nyakundi.

The criminals are believed to have been ferrying the animals to Samburu County.

Two weeks ago, a 42 year old man and a 10 year old child were attacked and badly injured by armed rustlers at Lonyiek in Laikipia West.

Paul Lotereng and Francis Ekale were attacked by the bandits in their home at Olmoran village.

According to area resident Benson Kamaara, the gangsters raided the homestead and made away with 117 goats.

Another five member gang attacked a village in Mutarakwa in the same area and murdered William Kemboi aged 28 years before stealing over 100 animals.

The animals are believed to have been ferried to East Pokot.

Laikipia West Police boss Francio Nyamatari confirmed the incident saying that police are pursuing the gangsters who are heavily armed with AK 47 riffles.

Nyamatari further confirmed that security has been heightened within the border of Laikipia and Baringo Counties.

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