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Kangundo residents live in fear as crime wave sweeps area

After cutting the goat, Mbai turned his anger to his brother Nzioki who had been trying to restrain him. He chopped off Nzioki's left hand from the wrist. When other family members and neighbours rushed in to save Nzioki, Mbai turned on them too.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 03 Sep 2016 13:41 EAT

Residents of Kangundo Sub County in Machakos have expressed concern at the rising insecurity in the region. In the last two weeks, residents have lynched two crime suspects, including a suspected robber and a man who cut off his brother's hand with a panga.

The Kangundo Police Station has also seen a rise in reports of violent crimes over the past two months, with robberies, shop break-ins and family fights being most common.

Last Monday, a 27 year old man was lynched by mob in Matithini village after he attacked and chopped off  his brother’s left hand. The deceased, Mbai Nthemba, had picked up a quarrel with his brother James Nzioki over the sharing of their sister’s dowry which had just been paid two days earlier.

After a short argument, he picked up a panga and cut one of the goats that they had disagreed over, according to a report filed at the Kangundo Police Station, confirmed by OCS Maurice Okul.

After cutting the goat, Mbai turned to his anger to his brother Nzioki who had been trying to restrain him. He chopped off Nzioki's left hand from the wrist. When other family members and neighbours rushed in to save Nzioki, Mbai turned on them too.

 As the number of people swelled, he was cornered and stoned to death.

A week earlier, residents of Katanga village lynched a middle-aged man, who was said to be part of a gang that has been terrorizing residents in the area. The man was being linked to a gang attack that had killed five night guards at Mitaboni trading center three days earlier.

Mid-August, a gang of armed robbers, to which the deceased is believed to have been part of, invaded and broke into several shops at Katanga market and the neighboring Maiuni market where they made away with over Sh100,000 in cash.

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