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Friday, 27 Jan 2017 11:31 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Armed robbers and other criminals who have been terrorizing residents of Matungulu Sub County have been put on notice. Speaking yesterday at the launch of classrooms and a dispensary at Kithuani village, area MP Stephen Mule declared that an all out war against crime had been launched in all parts of the sub county.
Several cases of armed crime including carjackings on Kangundo-Nairobi highway, burglary and theft of motor bikes and livestock have been reported in the past few months. Some traders have been killed by gun-wielding criminals and night guards hacked to death at different shopping centers across Matungulu, a scenario that has worried residents and perplexed local security operatives.
The latest incident which police are hotly pursuing was Wednesday’s attack targeting Kangundo MP Kyengo Maweu’s personal vehicle by suspected highway robbers where the Nissan X-trail car he was riding in alongside three other occupants had its wheels pierced before unknown persons begun hurling stones at the vehicle.
A police source told the Kenya Free Press that the MP's bodyguard, who was armed, fired twice in the air through his pistol to disperse the attackers. Although nobody was injured in the incident, security agencies have been dispatched to hunt down the suspects, who are believed to have been behind a series of highway robbery and carjacking incidents along the road.
Earlier, a prominent businessman was brutally killed by armed gangsters at Kwa Mwaura near Ol Ndonyo Sabuk in Matungulu Sub County. Confirming this incident, Matungulu OCPD Joshua Lutukai said a middle aged businessman was attacked at Kwa Mwaura village near Ol Ndonyo Sabuk leaving him dead and the wife nursing serious injuries. The man’s body is being preserved at Ol Ndonyo sabuk Nursing Home mortuary while his wife has been admitted at the same hospital as investigations are still underway.
At least four men have been arrested in possession of some of the stolen goods and have been taken to Ol Ndonyo police post awaiting investigations. “We have already launched investigation into this matter and have arrested four men although this number may rise before the end of the day,” said Mr Lutukai as he asked the public to report any information they might have to the police.
Mr Mule visited the home of the deceased yesterday together with Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama and deputy governor Bernard Kiala where they called for speedy police investigations.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.