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Author of threatening leaflets hunted

07 June 2013, 15:27 Mwangi Karanja

Police in Kitale are looking for authors of leaflets with threatening messages that were found scattered across Trans Nzoia County on Wednesday night warning businessmen to prepare for attacks.

The authors cautioned traders in the County to be ready as they were going to strike again after Monday night killing of a businessman in the area.

“We are coming for you business people so get prepared,” read the notes.

Speaking to the media, Kitale OCPD James Kimani said they have launched investigations and the suspects would be arrested soon.

“Police officers are already on ground unfolding all available leads. I want to promise residents of the Trans Nzoia County that soon all responsible persons would be known,” he said.

He further said they have already uncovered activities of two gang groups that he said are armed with AK47 riffles and are behind recent killings of business persons in the County, saying they will be nailed before long.

Last Thursday gangsters shot dead a trader at Kiungani Market followed by the killing of another Trader at Sinendet Shopping centre near Kitale town on Monday this week which led to demonstration by County residents demanding change of guards.

Earlier, Kiminini Member of Parliament Chris Wamalwa while addressing member of public in Kitale threatened to marshal residents of Trans Nzoia County if the government does not transfer police officers who have stayed for more than three years.

“Our people can no longer operate their businesses in peace as insecurity cases have become a daily episode in the County; there is no security,” he said.

While addressing a public Baraza at Sinendet shopping centre in Kitale Thursday, Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Charity Chepkonga assured residents that her office has put measures in place to counter attacks that she said tend to scare away investors.

“All security agents are working tirelessly overnight to ensure that they avert the menace before it gets out of hand. We want to urge member of public to volunteer and give information that would lead to the arrest of criminals whose activities threaten prosperity and economy of the County,” she said.

During the baraza, members of the public complained over laxity by security agents in responding to public calls citing recent attacks at Sinendet where police officers arrived one hour later after the attackers had left.

In May, leaflets with threatening messages were scattered across the County accusing the Kitale police boss and the County commissioner for taking part in eviction of squatters from privately owned land.

However, while speaking to residents, Kitale OCPD James Kimani refuted the claims saying that the author of the leaflets was using the land issue to cause anxiety among people as the author had warned that they were going to replicate attacks in Bungoma, Busia and Tana River.

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