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Man killed by stray police bullet

25 July 2013, 18:07 Arap Yego

A middle aged man at Chesito village in the Mt Elgon was allegedly struck by a stray bullet fired by policemen on Wednesday evening.

The officers were forced to shoot in the air disperse angry members of the public who wanted to lynch two murder suspects who had been apprehended by the security agents.

The man, a driver to a former Mt Elgon County council chairman, was shot on the neck at about 6pm  dying on the spot.

By the time of going to press, tension was brewing in the area after residents who were protesting the murder of their kin barred policemen from collecting the body. 

The body of the deceased was still in the scene 12 hours after he was killed.

“No regular policeman will take away the body of our brother who they innocently murdered, we will not accept.  Only Administration Policemen can take it away,” said Fredrick Chepkorom, a brother of the deceased, who was among a group of villagers that had endured an overnight vigil at the scene of the murder.

This was the second dead by bullet in a span of 24 hours.

In the other other incident, armed thugs shot dead a livestock trader on Tuesday night before gang raping his wife.

Bungoma County Commissioner Maalim Mohamed confirmed the two incidents and said investigations have been launched.

“We have two men in our custody who are the prime suspects of the murder of the trader; they were arrested at Chorlim area in Endebess Constituency, Trans-Nzoia County, while fleeing,” he said.

Mohamed said members of the public got wind that the two suspects were being driven to Kaptama Police Station through the area when they tried to stop the vehicle, seeking to unmask the identities of the duo.

“One middle - aged man unfortunately was shot as the officers tried to disperse the hostile crowd that was determined to subject the suspects in a police car to mob justice,” said Mohamed.

The Bungoma County commissioner reiterated the national government commitment to wipe out crimes and criminal activities in the county.

He said they had established a working relationship with security bosses across the regions.

“We have established that criminals who have been terrorizing residents  flee to the neighbouring districts and even counties. We have put it in concerted efforts and will work with other regional security chiefs to stop and corner these culprits from all angles,” vowed Mohamed.

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