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Government driver shot dead by thugs dressed in police uniform

04 February 2016, 15:11 John Kioko

Nairobi - A Kwale county government driver was on Wednesday night shot dead by armed men at Kabingu village in Kinango, apparently after defying orders to lie down, police have said.

Three county revenue collectors and locals who were caught up during the incident escaped while the armed gang with two AK-47 riffles shot at the driver.

Kwale county police Commander Kenneth Kimani confirmed the incident and said his officer are currently hunting down the suspects.

He said armed men raided the market at around 9:30 PM where the county officials always collect charcoal revenue and terrorized them before killing Kombania Ali.

The commander said that the suspects who were dressed in a police jungle ordered locals to lie down but the driver defied before they shot him.

 “The driver was shot three times in his armpits. They stole KES 50, 000 from a woman and a phone from another local before escaping to unknown areas,” said Kimani in his office yesterday.

Kimani said police got information of the incident and rushed to the scene but the victim was already dead before his body was taken to Kinango hospital mortuary.

‘The driver was accompanied by three revenue collectors at the market where they always collect charcoal tax at night when the incident occurred,’ he said.

The three revenue collectors who went missing after the incident, Kimani said have been traced because they had been hiding.

“There are those claiming they were hijacked but that is not true. They ran away to save their lives but we have traced them back. They are traumatized and so we are waiting for them to recover so that they can help us to identify the suspects,” he said.

Kimani said the area is near the Tanzania border where thugs can easily cross and terrorize locals in Kenya but assured locals that his officers on the ground are tracing them.

“We are not sure the thugs targeted charcoal revenue or aimed at stealing from the traders at the area,” he added.

He asked locals to report cases of people dressed like police who look suspicious for action to be taken.

“It is good also for the public to cooperate in such incidents instead of risking their lives because such gang have nothing to losing when they kill,” he noted.

He said they will advise the county government to consider getting armed police escort during night revenue collection to avoid such scenarios in future.

“It is good for the safety of county officials since where there is money thugs are attracted,” he said.

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