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Suspected boda boda thief lynched

20 June 2013, 12:59 Mwangi Karanja

Angry mob Wednesday lynched a suspected boda boda thief and stoned another to death in two separate incidents in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County.

In the first incident at Kipsongo slum, a mob stoned to death a middle aged man who had been sported ferrying passengers using a motorbike that was stolen one year ago.

“We saw him with the boda boda, but he refused to admit that the he is a member of the gang that stole the bike last year in June where armed gangsters attacked a boda boda rider forcing him to surrender all money he had together with the motorbike,” Joseph Wanyonyi, an eye witness, narrated.

Area chief Moses Mbuguswa said the suspect was caught by the mob as he tried to escape to Kipsongo slum where he was interrogated before he was stoned to death.

“The suspect has been in and out of jail over robbery charges,” the chief revealed.

Later, the mob lynched another suspect who was identified as Jacob Wafula at Soko moko shopping center. He is believed to be the leader of a syndicate involved in boda boda theft in the County.

“Before he died, the first suspect disclosed the name of their leader. We pursued him because he has been terrorising people for long,” said an eye witnessed who requested for anonymity.

“We cannot take them to police station because court will set them free on bail,” he added.

Kitale police OCPD James Mitugo warned members of public against taking law in their own hands saying every person has a right to be heard.

“We need to desist from this habit of lynching and stoning suspects since we have institutions that have been mandated to handle such matters,” he said.

The incidents come amid increased cases of boda boda theft in the County that has resulted to deaths of more than five riders in a span of one year.

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