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Two lynched to death in Bungoma

19 August 2013, 14:48 Arap Yego

Two suspected thugs who are believed to be behind a series of criminal activities in Bungoma County were on Sunday lynched by irate members of the public in two separate incidences.

A middle aged man was beaten to death by a mob baying for his blood at Chesinende village in Kaptama Division, Mt Elgon Constituency, after he was spotted earlier in the day with a gun.

Witnesses said he was asked to surrender the weapon and himself to the police but he refused.  He instead cocked the AK 47 assault rifle as though he wanted to fire, forcing members of the public to scamper for safety.

The suspect, who is believed to be behind the killing of a livestock trader three weeks ago, took the opportunity to duck into a maize field, but villagers in aid of dogs smoked him out several hours later and killed him on the spot.

Kaptama OCS Justus Njeru who arrived at the scene, before the body was transported to Webuye District Hospital Mortuary, confirmed the incident.

At the time of going to the press, Njeru and his officers were still combing the man’s hide-out in search of the firearm the deceased was spotted with.

Elsewhere at Kamukuywa Market in Kimilili constituency, an angry mob stoned to death a young man suspected to have been a member of a gang of armed thugs who on Thursday terrorized businesspeople in the market and killed an administration police officer attached to the Kamukuywa D.O’s Office.

The officer was shot in the stomach and died as he was being rushed to hospital after the dawn incident, while his colleague who was shot in the leg was lucky to escape with injuries. They were shot after people responded to a distress call from the traders in the market.

The lynched man is said to have been found wearing clothes belonging to one of last week's victims.

Attempts to stone him were thwarted by police officers who locked him up at a cell in the AP camp, but the mob baying for his blood started hurling stones at the camp threatening to burn it down, prompting the officers to whisk him away to safety in their Landrover in an attempt to take him to Kimilili Police Station where they thought he would be safe.

The attempt was however short-lived as the mob blocked the road demanding that the suspect be released to them, so that they teach him a lesson.  As the police were haggling with members of the public, the suspect leapt out of the police vehicle and tried to take off. He was cornered and subjected to mob justice.

Bungoma county commissioner Maalim Mohamed confirmed the incidents and urged members of the public not to take the law in their own hands.

“These suspects will be useful to us when they are apprehended while still alive. They can reveal their accomplices and all their partners in crime. When they are killed, they die with these useful information," said Mohamed, who reiterated the commitment of security agents in the county to deal with criminals terrorizing the public in the region.

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