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Bondo police hunting for man and son who torched neighbour’s house

Mzee Ogaya Asesa and his son Lule Ogaya are allegedly to have stormed the home of Maurice Omulo just days after Omulo constructed their family house, alleging the land on which the house stood was theirs.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 30 Aug 2016 20:25 EAT

Police in Bondo, in Siaya County have launched a manhunt for a man and his son who attacked a neighbour at his newly-constructed home and set his house ablaze. Mzee Ogaya Asesa and his son Lule Ogaya are allegedly to have stormed the home of Maurice Omulo just days after Omulo constructed their family house, alleging the land on which the house stood was theirs.

The assailants set Omulo’s house on fire, forcing the distraught family to spend the night in the cold. The assailants disappeared after the act, but they are believed to be hiding in the locality. The incident at Dago Village, Central Sakwa Location, caught the residents by surprise as torching houses is considered a taboo in the Luo community.

The community policing committee chairman in Bondo Sub County Juma Abuko told reporters that Omulo had just built a new home which Mzee Ogaya claims was built on his piece of land. Just days after Omulo moved in, the assailants attacked, dozing the grass-thatched house in petrol then setting it ablaze. Nothing was recovered from the house.

Omulo’s family of five (including his wife and three children) spent the night in the cold because Luo customs prohibit a man who has built his home to seek refuge in his former house or a neighbour’s.

The Assistant Chief of Uyawi Sub Location Hillary Manyala whose jurisdiction covers Dago confirmed the incident and promised local administration’s support in apprehending the assailants.

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