August 19th 2017

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Machakos village reels in shock after five residents killed in stealth attack

The police fired repeatedly in the air and used teargas to disperse the residents who were demonstrating and hurling stones at motorists.

By Oscar NdundaThursday, 18 Aug 2016 21:12 EAT

Residents of Mitaboni took to the streets to protest the killings (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press)

A village in Machakos County was sent into mourning today following the killing of five night guards by a group of armed gangsters that are yet to be identified.

Residents of Mitaboni in Kathiani Sub County woke up to shocking news of the brutal murders of the night guards at Mitaboni Market.

The attack occurred around 2a.m this morning, according to circumstantial witness accounts. Four of the guards died on the spot while one passed away while he was being rushed to Wote District Hospital in Makueni. He couldn’t be attended to at any hospital in Machakos County since the doctors there are on strike.

All the bodies are currently preserved at Kathiani Level 4 Hospital while the police undertakes investigations into the incident.

Some residents who overheard the attack said the killings were carried out by a group of six men who were heavily armed with machetes. The killers' intention to kill was apparent as they did not steal anything from the victims during the raid.

The whole area was thrown into chaos for most of the day as residents and traders shut down their premises and took to the streets to protest the killings. Business came to a standstill as the residents engaged police officers in running battles.

Residents destroying billboards of the Machakos Governor(Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press)

The police fired repeatedly in the air and used teargas to disperse the residents who were demonstrating and hurling stones at motorists.

The residents are blaming local police bosses for failing to provide security while  guarding the Chinese nationals working on  road projects in the area.

The angry residents have vowed to continue with the demonstrations until the current police bosses, whom they accused of laxity in the face of soaring crime, are moved.

The residents pulled down billboards of the Machakos Governor, Dr Alfred Mutua, and burned them, blaming the governor for failing in his mandate to enhance security  in the area.

They chastised the governor for his unfulfilled promises to install CCTV cameras and security lights in the town.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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