Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Kenya. The stories here come from users.

Latest Badges:

View all KARANJA .M's badges.

Two hardcore criminals gunned down

04 September 2013, 11:48 Mwangi Karanja

Two gangsters were gunned down on Tuesday night by the police at Arba-Kesogon village on the outskirts of Kitale town in Trans Nzoia County after an exchange of fire.

Two AK 47 riffles and more than 500 rounds of ammunition were recovered at the scene.

The gang, a police report indicates, has been terrorising residents of the larger Trans Nzoia County and Eldoret town for months and were being pursued by the security officers.

Local residents disclosed that the two escaped death narrowly last month after officers from the elite squad sprayed three other members of the gang with bullets last month killing them on the spot.

County police commandant Lillian Okembo who confirmed the incident said that community policing and a tip off from the members of the public propelled the investigations that she said assisted immensely in the operation.

“We want to thank the public for volunteering information as it has helped the security agents avert the soaring crime in the county,” she said.

She said that the two, 36-year-old Samuel Wabuge Soita and 24-year-old Moses Lukhombo Chebukosia were overpowered by the police in the shootout spree after refusing to surrender. She added that other members were able to escape via a narrow window of their house and confirmed that Police are pursuing them.

“Police officers received information that the gang members were hiding in a house but on arriving there, the gang members started threatening the officers with death prompting the officers to open fire, killing the two on the spot,” added Okembo.

She said that the hard core criminals were planning a series of raids within Kitale town, which was also to include the killing of police officers.

After searching the Samuel wabuge, the County Commandant said they found a death certificate serial number 451264 in his pockets. The death certificate had been issued at Kitale district hospital on August 22 and indicated that the person had died on August 17.

The death certificate was used in a court case against the deceased at an Eldoret court where he had been charged with robbery with violence. The case was later dismissed and the wife, Brenda Mwanche, was the one who signed for the certificate.

“We are surprised that public servants are helping criminals escape justice,” Okembo lamented, adding that security officers are investigating the case and soon the culprit would be arrested.

More than 20 people have been killed in the County this year in crime-related incidents which prompted the County governor Patrick Khaemba to ask for the services of the elite squad to quell crime in the area.

The incident comes barely a day after police officers nabbed five robbers with household good worth KES 500 000 at Matisi village near Kitale town.

Join in the conversation on our Facebook page. Also get the latest news by following us on Twitter.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Al Shabaab attack Mandera hotel, ...

A total of 33 non-locals were in the hotel when the assault was launched.  Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
4 ways to handle your cheating ma...

He is cheating. How do you handle him?

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Why do men choose second wives?

Why do men choose to have second wives?

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Wizkid set for twin Kenyan shows

Wizkid is back in Kenya. For two shows.

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Udada women's festival begins in ...

The Udada women's festival has arrived in Nairobi.

Submitted by
Uhuru pardons 2747 death row conv...

President Uhuru Kenyatta has pardoned a number of death row convicts, sending them to life sentences instead. Read more...