Over 60 people hacked by unknown assailants
26 April 2013, 18:41
Over 60 people from Kikwewchi village in Mayanja, Kanduyi Constituency, Bungoma County - including women and children - are receiving treatment at the Bungoma District Hospital after they were hacked by unknown gang of people on Thursday night.
Speaking to the media from their hospital beds, the victims said a gang of over ten people struck their village at around 11.00pm demanding for money and mobile phones.
“They pounded on me with pangas when I told them I did not have any of the items they were demanding. They did not spare my wife and 10 year old child either,” said Godwin Wafula.
Bungoma OCPD Amos Cheboi who visited the scene with his officers confirmed the incident saying more than 60 people were injured by the attackers who terrorized several households in the area.
The OCPD appealed to members of the public to volunteer any information that may help apprehend the criminals who have reigned terror on people living in the area.
This latest incidence comes against the background of continued concerns over insecurity cases in the Constituency, especially in Chwele and Kimilili areas.
Recently, a group of unknown gangsters killed two people leaving three others critically injured in the adjacent Makutano area, leaving many residents worried about the deteriorating security in the county.
Local leaders led by Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and former Bumula MP Wakoli Bifwoli who visited the victims at the Bungoma District Hospital condemned the incident and appealed to the Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo to overhaul the security team in the area.
“We will not just sit back and watch our people losing their limbs and lives while those charged with ensuring we are secure are sleeping on the job. We are calling for an immediate transfer of some of the police officers who have overstayed in the area,” said Wamunyinyi.
He took issue with police for continued delay responding to alerts by residents during such attacks.
“The police have turned into thugs, and they hardly respond to distress calls by residents. They should all be transferred,” he said.
His calls come at a time when human Rights groups in Bungoma have called for a thorough investigation into the spate of violence in the area.
Led by Jukwaa La Katiba's director Philip Wekesa, the rights group said the recent spate of robbery with violence could be political.
“We want a proper investigation into this matter; it could be political. Why, for example, should this happen among poor families that own nothing? A robber targets able people,” he said.
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