Mob breaks into armoury, steals guns and kills officer
Published on February 2, 2008, 12:00 am
By Vitalis Kimutai and Peter Mutai
Four people, including a police officer, were killed in Kericho as arsonists struck at residential estates following the slaying of Ainamoi MP David Kimutai Too.
Three of them were shot dead by an Administration Police officer, who was later burnt alive by a mob that broke into an armoury at Ainamoi district officer’s office and stole 12 firearms and ammunition.
The incident occurred on Thursday night – the day news of the MPs killing broke out.
A local chief, Mr Richard Bett, and a regular police officer are fighting for their lives at Siloam Hospital in Kericho where they were admitted with serious injuries.
Five other victims were recuperating at various health facilities with gunshot wounds.
Local DC, Mr Wilson Njenga, confirmed that ammunition had been stolen from the armoury.
A major security operation mounted by the General Service Unit personnel, regular and administration policemen has been going on in the area, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes, for fear of being victimised.
The officers have been instructed to recover the stolen firearms and ammunition, said a senior police officer.
Arsonists razed down hundreds of houses in Nyagacho, Baraka, Majengo, Site and Service estates. Businessmen lost goods worth millions of shillings when looters struck on Thursday night. Seventeen business premises were burnt down in the Central Business District, in the melee.
Kericho town was on Friday deserted, as business premises remained closed while police patrolled estates and the town centre. An estimated 3,000 non-locals fled their residential houses and sought refuge at the Kericho Police Station, the local DC’s office, and Moi Gardens in the town.