Ex-Police Chief Arrested
The East African Standard (Nairobi)
13 February 2008
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.