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Two lynched to death in Bungoma

05 July 2013, 15:07 Arap Yego

Two middle-aged men were on Thursday subjected to mob justice and burnt beyond recognition, by incensed members of the public in Chwele Market, Bungoma County, in what security agents believe is a case of mistaken identity.

The two men who are said to be from Kimabole in Mt Elgon constituency were lynched in the 11 am incident after being suspected to be behind a recent arson attack in the market.

Bungoma Central acting assistant county commissioner Ambrose Lochokwe confirmed the incident and appealed to members of the public not to take the law into their hands.

“The two young men one aged 26 and the other aged 31 were lynched on suspicion that they were in a group of criminals that recently terrorized a businessman in the market and burnt his premises after assaulting him,” he said.

Lochokwe, who addressed a meeting in the market, after the bodies of the duo were taken to Bungoma District Mortuary, noted that it is wrong for members of the public to lynch any suspected criminal they lay their hands on, adding that there is a risk of innocent people getting killed.

“When a person who is suspected to be behind crimes is killed by a mob, security agents cannot ascertain whether the allegations are true. Such a person if handed over to police is more useful, because he can assist the officers to reveal his other accomplices, unlike if he or she is exterminated,’’ said Lochokwe.

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