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Friday, 23 Dec 2016 12:37 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Residents of Matungulu Constituency, Machakos County are now staring at a security nightmare following a new wave of crime that has hit several villages in the region. The residents have now been placed on high alert and urged to be extra vigilant to identify suspected criminals who are believed to have infiltrated the region, mainly from the neighboring Nairobi.
The latest incident saw the hacking death of a 19-year old bodaboda rider from Nguluni Location. The deceased was hacked to death and his bike stolen by unknown assailants, leaving the community in panic. The young man only identified as “Mbisi” is said to have ferried the attackers at night after they posed as customers, only for them to attack him. They dumped his body near a local school where it was discovered the following morning. The deceased's father said he had sold a portion of the family land to purchase the bike which lasted only three days.
Confirming the incident, Nguluni Chief JohnBosco Ndambuki said the body was found in the morning with deep cuts on his head. “I urge the bodaboda riders to avoid late night travel as some people may be criminals,” Mr Ndambuki said.
Several opinion leaders including local politicians have called on the police to intensify security patrols to deter criminals who have been increasingly terrorizing locals. The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Kangundo branch boss, Daniel Nginga, is advising residents to take security as their ‘personal responsibility’ and involve the local security agents in the fight against crime. “I’m urging all peace loving citizens to be on the lookout because criminals have been targeting unsuspecting people to rob them of their hard earned cash and other valuables,” said Mr Nginga, who has declared interest in the Matungulu parliamentary seat.
In a separate incident, two children aged 12 and 8 years have drowned in a well in Kinyungu village in Kangundo Sub County. The two had gone to fetch water when the walls suddenly gave in drowning the children. Their father Mutinda Wambua however alleged they made frantic calls to the local police for help but they claimed their vehicle had to be fueled first.
Confirming this incident, Kivaani Chief Joshua Munguti said the bodies of the children were later picked and taken to Kangundo level 4 hospital as further investigations are underway. “I ask parents to be careful with their children during this rainy season to avoid such cases,” the chief said.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.