Residents of Mithuthini village in Kirinyaga County wake up to a shocking incident where angry mob hacked to death four suspected livestock thieves.
Reports from the residents shows that two other suspects managed to escape the wrath of the angry villagers.
The incident occurred on Monday at around 5am.
It is reported that the six suspects had raided the village at night with the intention of of stealing goats, sheep and cows from the villagers.
The villagers who were on high alert confronted the suspects but they took heels into different directions. However, they managed to capture four suspects whom they believe are notorious thugs who have been terrorizing them for so long.
The four were were cut badly with axes and machetes and died instantly on the spot before the police officers arrived hours later. Their remaining bodies have been taken to Kerugoya Referral Hospital Mortuary.
The police officers,led by Mwea East Deputy Police Commander Luka Chebet has termed the incident as shocking.
“The bodies of the suspects were badly mutilated and we have launched investigations to establish those involved in this heinous act so that we can take appropriate action,” Mr. Chebet told the press early Monday morning at Wang’uru Police Station.
The Deputy police commander warned the residents to avoid taking law into their own hands adding that those found culpable will face the law.
He said suspects are suppose to be arrested and handed over to the police officers and not taking their lives.
According to the residents, the suspects are part of a group of gang that has been stealing their livestock at night.
“We have lost a lot of our animals to the gang and we had to tame it,” one of the residents said.
The villagers highly depend on the livestock as their daily source of income and also in paying school fees for their children.
According to them, the thieves sell their animals to butchers outside the region at a throw away price.
“We sell the animals to raise school fees for our children and we have to protect them. It is just unfortunate that the thieves steal them from us and sell them cheaply to butchers in other areas,” one resident added.
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