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Monday, 26 Sep 2016 13:07 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
The crime wave sweeping the larger Kangundo in Machakos County continued over the weekend when a man was killed and several business premises broken into by heavily armed gangsters.
Police officers stationed at the market, which serves as the local administrative capital, did not respond to the incident despite distress calls being made to them, according to witnesses and local business leaders.
The gangsters, armed with crude weapons, raided Kisukioni market in Matungulu sub County on Friday night and broke into various business premises before robbing a local trader of his gun.
Witnesses said the gangsters stormed the market at around 4am and went on a shop-breaking spree that lasted nearly twenty-five minutes.
The market's chairperson Jackson Mua blamed local Administration Police officers who allegedly turned a deaf ear to distress calls by the victims of the raid. "Residents informed the local APs but they failed to take action,” Mua told Kenya Free Press by phone.
Matungulu Officer Police Division Commander (OCPD) Joseph Chesire confirmed the raid and said that the gangsters stole a gun from a local bar operator whom they beat senseless. The man later succumbed to his injuries at Kangundo Level 4 Hospital.
The attack has alarmed residents of Matungulu given the recent spate of armed crime in the region. Kisukioni shopping center is the seat of government power in the Sub County and it is where area Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Mwangi resides.
Angered by the APs' negligence amid rising insecurity, local residents blocked the Tala-Donyo Sabuk road to protest over the incident. Senator Johnstone Muthama on Sunday visited victims of the attack and condemned the incident.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.