Police have arrested suspects behind robbery and murder cases in Busia county.
The detectives arrested Maviala Shisanya, 34, Xavior Ojuma, 32 and pastor Nicholas Mabiala, 32, from Bungoma town.
“Following the spate of robberies and murders that have rocked Nambale town in Busia county, an undercover team of detectives has arrested the main suspects and recovered crucial exhibits related to the crimes,” the police said.
The two main suspects and a pastor were arrested after a four-day sting operation following escalating crime in the region.
“Maviala Shisanya, 34, Xavior Ojuma, 32 and the man of the cloth Nicholas Mabiala 32, were arrested two days ago in Bungoma town and whisked to Nambale Police station for further interrogation,” the police said.
The suspects yesterday led detectives to their hideout where stolen items were recovered.
The items include music systems, gas cylinders, mobile phones and other valuables.
“A 24-year-old woman who was found with a 6kg gas cylinder and a music system believed to have been stolen was also arrested for handling stolen property,” the police said.
The suspects are being processed to face robbery with violence charges.
Meanwhile, a man was yesterday stoned to death by an angry mob in Nambale town, after he attempted to sell a chicken and five chicks that he had carefully concealed in a gunnysack.
Collins Omieno, 22, lost his life in the most unorthodox manner after he failed to prove ownership of the chicken, argued to be the region’s most sought after delicacy.
In the ensuing melee, as he tried to prove ownership, word came that some chicken had earlier been stolen in a nearby centre. When Omieno learnt that he had been cornered, he took to his heels as the angry mob chased after him baying for his blood. He ran for dear life for about two kilometres, but the mob pursuing him was unrelenting! They wanted him dead.
Upon reaching cotton ginnery grounds, the crowd caught up with Omieno who was already worn out and could run no more. They descended on him with blows, kicks and all manner of projectiles that they could get hold of, killing him on the spot.
Police would wish to discourage members of the public to desist from taking the law into their own hands and report such cases to law enforcement officers for due process to be followed.