Manhunt for Bungoma GK prison escapee intensifies
17 April 2016, 11:37
Bungoma - Police in Bungoma have intensified a manhunt for a prisoner who escaped from a police van on Monday after attending a hearing at Kimilili law courts.
Bungoma County Commissioner Maalim Mohamed said that the inmate Timothy Kitai alias Cheparakach who is a dangerous criminal and an ex Sabaot Land Defense Force (SLDF) fighter, escaped by jumping over the prison vehicle that was ferrying back to Bungoma from Kimilili.
"He escaped alongside Micah Kibet who was rearrested later hidden in a sugarcane plantation and was arraigned in court but Kitai is still at large and we want members of the public to volunteer more information that will lead to his arrest," he said.
Addressing the press in his office, he disclosed that the duo jumped over the vehicle and disappeared into the sugarcane plantation at Khachonge market along Kimilili, Bokoli to Bungoma route.
They had been incarcerated at Bungoma Bungoma GK prison and they had been taken to Kimilili court to answer to various charges facing them.
"At the time of escaping, there were 7 prisoners but only two disappeared, we suspect foul play in our officers and we are going to take disciplinary measures against them for negligence that led to the escaping of the dangerous criminal whom we have used a lot of resources to apprehend," he said.
Maalim pointed out that Kitai is a dangerous criminal and was among five former SLDF remnants who had been arrested for terrorizing residents of Mt Elgon, Bungoma Central, West and parts of Kimilili.
The duo had been arrested and arraigned in court for robbery with violence and are believed to a dangerous gang that kills and maims their target.
"We want him alive or death, let him surrender before we get him, our officers are very alert and we are told he has started threatening witnesses involved in his case," he said. ENDS
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