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Thugs hack, gang-rape residents of Kimilili

10 February 2014, 12:31 Arap Yego

Bungoma - A middle-aged man from Lutonyi Village on the outskirts of Kimilili Town in Bungoma County was hacked to death by unknown people over the weekend. The thugs also gang-raped a woman, and left five people nursing machete-inflicted wounds in different parts of the town.

The gruesome manner in which the 39-year-old man was killed has left tongues wagging with residents wondering whether a gang of blood-thirsty people that reigned terror in parts of Bungoma in the beginning of last year is regrouping.

At least 17 people lost their lives last year with over 100 people sustaining injuries in the hands of the machete-wielding gangsters.

This latest insecurity incident comes hardly a week after a man who was terrorizing residents of Khwriroro Village in the same constituency, while impersonating a police officer, was put behind bars.  The fake cop, who escaped lynching by an angry mob, was in full police regalia, complete with a service number. The uniform was later traced to a police officer at the Kimilili Police Station, who is under custody now waiting to appear in court.

According to family of the deceased man, they found his lifeless body which had deep cuts on Saturday morning at a mortuary of private hospital in the town. Concerned after her husband failed to show up the previous night, the man’s wife is said to have alerted his parents and close relatives about his absence.

“A search for him early Saturday morning at the local Kimilili District Hospital, after we heard that some people who had been attacked by thugs were at the medical facility, was fruitless. We found my son’s lifeless body lying at the mortuary. I do not know why they killed him yet he was a poor man with no money. He used to eke out a living by making bricks,” said Wasike Muyobo, the father of the murdered man.

Bungoma County Police Commander, Charles Munyoli confirmed the incident and said police have launched investigations and they will not rest until the culprits are brought to book.

“It is unfortunate a life was lost in the incident, but we will pursue the gang behind it and bring them to justice. We have intensified police patrols and my officers will not let Bungoma slip back to where it was at the start of last year,” said the police boss.

Local leaders who spoke to journalists on Saturday, led by Seme Sunguti, the Executive secretary Kenya Nation Union of Teacher (Knut) Bungoma North branch condemned the murder and decried the increasing number of insecurity incidences in the constituency.

“We are concerned by the increasing lapses of security in Kimilili Constituency; hardly a week goes without cases of insecurity being reported.  We are appealing to the security agents in the area to take their job seriously,” said Sunguti, who threatened to lead Kimilili town residents in a demonstration if the cases continue escalating.

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