Police in Trans Nzoia County arrest member of a gang suspected of murder

Kiminini Subcounty police commander Francis Tumbo

Speaking to The Weekly Vision in his office Wednesday, Kiminini sub-county police commander Francis Tumbo warned members of the outlawed 11 brothers’ group which has been terrorising locals in Sikhendu and its environs to shape up or be crushed

By Sirengo Namasaka

The Police in Kiminini has arrested a member of the 11 brothers’ gang for butchering a brother of a form one girl he had forcefully taken as a wife, in a case that has shocked residents. 21-year-old Derick Masika was found on Tuesday evening lying in a pool of blood at the scene in Khanyiki village in the Sikhendu location, with a sharp wound in the neck that was nearly falling off.

Kiminini sub-county police commander Francis Tumbo said 41-year-old Richard Sitati Mumasi was being treated as a prime suspect. ” The suspect is being grilled by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) here at Kiminini sub-county divisional headquarters, for more details into the murder before being arraigned in court to answer to murder charges”, said the police boss.

He said the deceased had gone to the suspect’s home in the evening of Tuesday to secure the release of his sister to go to school the following day only to be battered. Mr Tumbo said the deceased succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the Moi Teaching and Referral hospital in Eldoret.

Speaking to The Weekly Vision in his office Wednesday, Tumbo warned members of the outlawed 11 brothers’ group which has been terrorising locals in Sikhendu and its environs to shape up or be crushed. “Our attention has been drawn to a few unknown individuals who are terrorising local traders and members of the public, raping women and girls and forcefully taking money from them, we will crush you because you cannot run away forever”, he added.

The police boss said they had launched a manhunt of the gang members. Tumbo said the group has been using force, intimidation and threats against residents for selfish gains which cannot be allowed. He warned the outlawed gang to shape up or be ready to be painfully crushed. “We cannot allow a few boys to terrorise residents, cause lawlessness and fear in Kiminini. You will not commit a crime and get away with it. Your days are numbered,” Tumbo warned.

Earlier in the morning, irate members of the public stormed the home of the suspect and torched down his one bedroomed house and threatened to torch his parent’s homestead. “We are tired of threats, torture and intimidation by the 11 brother’s gang. Enough is enough,” a woman who sought anonymity told The Weekly Vision.

He added, “We are very firm and will deal with criminals with all force of the law. We are going to use the machinery we have to ensure there is security in Kiminini and all its environs.” He said the security team is ready and willing to provide security to all residents of the Kiminini sub-county. He, however, asked members of the public not to take the law into their hands but report the matter to the police for necessary action. He noted that security is not only for police but a collective responsibility from all the stakeholders. “We are requesting members of the public to volunteer information to the police instead of taking law in their hands to help maintain law and order. That information will be treated with confidentiality,” he said.

Earlier in the morning, irate members of the public stormed the home of the suspect and torched down his one bedroomed house and threatened to torch his parent’s homestead. “We are tired of threats, torture and intimidation by the 11 brother’s gang. Enough is enough,” a woman who sought anonymity told The Weekly Vision.

Locals led by youth leader Austin Wanyonyi accused the suspect and his brothers who form the larger group of the 11 brothers and demanded that the family relocate. Local leaders led by Trans Nzoia County Women Representative Janet Nangabo condemned the brutal killing of Derick Masika and asked the police to expedite investigations. ” I challenge the police to move with speed and bring this matter to a conclusive end to deter others from continuing with the vice”, she said in a phone interview”.

Ms Nangabo however, urged residents to act within the law when caught within such incidents than interrupt matters under investigations.

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