News 2008


Ex-police chief held over raids

Daily Nation


13. 02. 2008

A retired assistant commissioner of Police is among more than 30 people arrested in connection with election related violence in Trans-Nzoia district.

The man is being investigated over claims that he financed the burning of houses at Gituamba area in Saboti constituency that saw over 3,000 people displaced from their homes.

Kitale police boss Bernard Muli Tuesday confirmed they were holding the retired officer for investigation.

The former officer was seized at his Saboti home and taken to Kitale police station under tight security.

An earlier report says that police in Trans-Nzoia East are looking for people believed to be behind the spate of robberies in Cherangany constituency.

Local district commissioner Seif Matata said they were investigating reports that some people behind the violence were hiding in Kitale Town.

“We have launched a manhunt for these people and once we are through with our investigations they will not be spared,’’ said the DC.

Mr Matata said that the government had beefed up security on the borders of Trans-Nzoia and West Pokot districts.

He said that a contingent of General Service Unit Personnel had been dispatched to the notorious Kabolet forests to help in tracking down the bandits.

He said that the officers will also seal off Kabolet forests as they are yet to recover more than 400 animals stolen from the area two weeks ago where four people were killed and seven others injured.

A man appeared in an Eldoret court charged with violently robbing a woman of household items during post-election violence jointly with others not in court.

Mr Toroitich Misik is alleged to have robbed Ms Helen Chumba Chesebe of electronics, bedding and a solar panel all worth Sh65,000.

Senior resident magistrate Grace Mmasi heard that they were armed with Somali swords, bows and arrows and pangas. The offence was committed at Korimat Farm in Uasin Gishu District on January 31.

Solar panel

The second count stated that on the same day, they burnt the woman’s two houses and a store which had 60 bags of maize. They were also accused of burning her kitchen all property worth Sh245,488.

In the same court, a woman who denied burning another’s hay worth Sh3, 000 was released on a Sh20, 000 bond after she denied the offence. Ms Rael Kemei is alleged to have set ablaze Ms Jepkosgei Kemei’s crop at Korimat Farm in Uasin Gishu.

Samuel Mwilitsa who stole two iron sheets from the house of a Kipkaren resident who fled post-election violence will know his fate after the court receives his probation report on March 26.