Mau herdsmen killer still at large

Thursday January 7 2016

Maasai youth charges at Olpusimoru in Narok North following recent clashes between the Maasai and Kipsigis. Police are yet to arrest Mr Joseph Kebenei the man alleged to be behind the shooting of two herdsmen in Mau Forest that sparked off  the recent clashes. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Maasai youth charges at Olpusimoru in Narok North following recent clashes between the Maasai and Kipsigis. Police are yet to arrest Mr Joseph Kebenei the man alleged to be behind the shooting of two herdsmen in Mau Forest that sparked off the recent clashes. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By GEORGE SAYAGIE
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Police are yet to arrest a man alleged to be behind the shooting of two herdsmen in Mau Forest that sparked off the recent clashes in Olposimoru.

The officers raided his homes and combed various hideouts in the forest on Wednesday but could not find Mr Joseph Kebenei also called “Kalyasoi Toltol”.

A source said the a contingent of more than 20 officers drawn from the General Service Unit, regular and Administration Police is tracking him down following last week’s order by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.

“We were unable to find him after eight hours of searching his homes and various hideouts in the forest,” one of the officers who sought anonymity said.

The officer added: “In one of the caves we found fresh signs that someone lived there. For instance a fire was still burning. It is also possible that he is not alone because there were three tree logs used as seats.”

Narok police boss Abdi Galgalo said the manhunt is on until they arrest him.

Mr Kebenei is regarded the key suspect in the clashes that rocked Olpusimoru Ward during last year’s Christmas.

Mr Nkaissery ordered police to arrest and present Mr Kebenei in court over claims he is also leading an armed gang which he has reportedly positioned in the forest.

SHOOTING THREE COWS

Residents had called on the government to investigate Mr Kebenei who they accused of behind the killing of their loved ones in the forest. They also accused him of shooting three cows last month.

Mr Kebenei is said to have married seven wives who live in towns and trading centres in South and North Rift.

A new twist was also added to the matter when the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) claimed Mr Kebenei is using fake title deeds to dupe unsuspecting land buyers in a section of Olpusimoru Forest.

KFS Mau Forest ecosystem conservator James Mburu said they have found a lot of fake land titles Mr Kebenie is said to have issued to people who have bought land from him.