News 2008


Raiders burn more houses

March 8, 2008


Saturday Standard Team

Tension is high on the Borabu/Sotik border after more houses were burnt on Thursday in separate attacks.

In the first incident, armed raiders struck Chepng’ombe village in Manga but were repulsed by villagers. But they set three houses on fire during the 10 pm incident.

In the second incident, raiders stole an unknown number of cows before setting houses ablaze at Raitigo village.

Officer Commanding Police Division, Mr Mwaura Njoroge, said adequate security personnel had been deployed and were hunting for the raiders. No arrests have been made.

At the same time, the OCPD criticised MPs calling for the release of suspects arrested two weeks ago during a crackdown.

Njoroge said some of the suspects were believed to be members of militia groups.

North Mugirango-Borabu MP, Mr Wilfred Ombui, said he was shocked by the attacks.

"There is peace in other parts of the country after President Kibaki and Mr Raila Odinga agreed to share power. This has nothing to do with the disputed elections," said Ombui.

He also faulted those calling for the release of the suspects.

In Sotik, District Commissioner, Mr Humphrey Nakitare, claimed that some people were burning their own houses to claim compensation from the Government.

At the same time, Nakitare said the Government was training over 1,200 youths on peaceful co-existence.

In North Pokot, two people including the DC, Mr Joseph Motari, were injured during a gun battle between police and bandits.

Motari was caught in the crossfire as officers chased the thugs who had been robbing motorists at Kamatira forest.

He was returning to Alale after addressing a public baraza at Ombelelion area on Thursday. Five officers accompanied him.

The DC sustained deep bruises on his face and ear. A robbery victim was shot and seriously wounded.

At the Turkana/West Pokot border, bandits shot and killed two people.

The thugs struck Kainuk trading centre and shot dead a police reservist and a charcoal dealer.

Area MP, Mr Josephat Nanok, said tension was high after the killings.

The incident came barely two weeks after bandits shot dead four children and wounded five others as they swam in Turkwel River.

In Kitale, police shot two people killing one, and arrested 14 others for invading a private farm.