Police kill five cattle rustlers in foiled raid

Wednesday April 24 2013

By ELISHA OTIENO [email protected]

Police killed five suspected raiders and recovered stolen livestock in a foiled cattle rustling attack near the Kenya-Tanzania border on Wednesday morning.

The angry villagers of Itambe-Igena centrein Kuria East, stoned the lifeless bodies of the raiders.

Area police boss Gladys Ogonda said nine of the stolen cattle were recovered although three of them were killed during an exchange of fire between the police and the raiders.

She said that some armed cattle rustlers escaped during the shoot out. “The raiders engaged my officers in a fierce shoot but we killed five,” she said.

Some of the dead suspects were said to have come from neighbouring Trans Mara and in Tanzania.

The residents are now demanding an end to such attacks that are causing them sleepless nights. The Migori County Government says it is perturbed with the increasing insecurity in Kuria East.

Governor Okoth Obado and his deputy Mahanga Mwita said they would no longer sit back and watch the senseless killings and cattle rustling in the region.

“The entire district security team should stop the crime or prepare to leave. Our duty is to protect the lives and property of the people at all costs,” said Mr Obado.

The governor regretted that the crime had now taken an inter-clan dimension and accused somesecurity officials of taking sides in the row.

“The violence must stop and if the district commissioner and his team are unable to cope, then a new capable team should be brought in,” asserted Mr Mwita.

As a result of the clashes pitting the two groups, homes have been burnt and the public transport system paralysed.

Matatus from Kegonga and Ntimaru have been withdrawn from the roads by the owners fearing for their safety.