News 2008


Ex-Police Chief Arrested

The East African Standard (Nairobi)

13 February 2008

Osinde Obare


A retired assistant Commissioner of Police is among 30 suspects being investigated over claims of funding post-election violence in Trans Nzoia District.

The former officer allegedly financed the burning of houses in Gituamba, Saboti constituency. More than 3,000 people were displaced from their homes.

Kitale police boss, Mr Bernard Muli, confirmed the arrest of the former officer and said he was under investigation.

He was picked from his home and taken to the Kitale Police Station under tight security.

In Kitale East, police are looking for perpetrators of violence in Cherangany, where more 20,000 people have been displaced.

Local DC, Mr Seif Matata, said reports that some people behind the violence were hiding in Kitale town were being investigated.

"We have launched a manhunt for these people and once we are through with investigation, nobody will be spared," he said.

Matata said the Government had beefed up security along the Trans Nzoia-West Pokot border.

Elsewhere, Sabaot leaders have accused the Government of intimidation. Led by Kwanza parliamentary loser, Mrs Jennifer Masis, they claimed the Government targeted the community over violence that rocked the constituency after last year's election.

Last week, police summoned Masis and interrogated her over violence in Salama, Kwanza.

"The Government is acting on rumours to arrest us," she said.

Meanwhile, residents of Cherangany have threatened to burn a Government forest for allegedly harbouring cattle rustlers.

Kabolet Forest along the Trans Nzoia-West Pokot border, residents claimed, is a hideout for raiders.

They alleged that raiders in the forest had killed more than 100 people and stolen hundreds of livestock in the past two years.