Mob in Busia district has left a Kenyan national in cold blood and two others beaten for alleged theft of five goats.
The deceased has been identified as Christopher Muringa, a resident of Busia Kenya county and the other two are John Mulame a resident of Dabani sub-county in Busia Uganda, and Robert Wandera from Namayingo district.
It’s alleged that the mob intercepted the suspects on Thursday at 9:00 am with five stolen goats while selling them at Mundaya “A” village Dabani sub-county.
They descended on the three suspects with sticks, stones, pangas, and hoes, killing one Christopher Muringa while the two were rescued by police attached at Dabani police station.
Richard Mayende, the defense secretary of Nangwe parish says that they arrested the suspects while selling the stolen goats at the Dabani trading center. They had earlier received a report of stolen goats from one of the residents at Mundaya A village
Mayende says that when they reached the Dabani livestock market, they found goats tied with wet ropes and owners were charging unclear prices. They quickly called the residents whose goats were stolen and confirmed ownership. This attracted mobs to descend and started beating the suspects.
The owner of the reported stolen goats, David Gusino, a resident of Buchiwedo village in the Dabani sub-county, says that his goats were stolen on Thursday morning at 1:00 am which prompted him to make phone calls to leaders in neighboring villages. He was surprised to reach the market to find his stolen goats on sale.
Perusi Ajambo, Petwa Namulanda, and Samuel Onyango among other residents says that they are tired of increased livestock theft in the area. Thugs steal their livestock and sell it to neighboring markets or cross with them in neighboring Kenya leaving them at losses.
Philip Sanya, the brother of one of the suspects says that he was surprised to see his sibling involved in livestock theft.
Stephen Bali, the Dabani Sub-county L.C.3 chairman says that cases of livestock are rampant in the area and they have intensified setting up a security committee at the village level to reduce the vice.
Martin Tsebeni, the officer-in-charge of the Dabani police station says that they have registered more than 40 cases of stolen livestock within one month. They have intensified night patrols with local leaders to fight the crime.
The two suspects were still in police cells at Dabani police station and stolen goats were also in safe custody at police as exhibits to help in the police investigation.
Tsebeni says that the suspects will be paraded in court and be charged with animal theft In case they are found guilty.
The body of the deceased was taken by police to the mortuary at Busia health center IV pending a postmortem.