Security agencies in Lugari Sub County are hunting for unknown gang of armed criminals, which has been terrorizing and giving area residents sleepless nights in the last four days.
According to Lugari Sub County OCPD, Mr. Bernard Macharia, the area has lately experienced a spate of violent robbery incidents in which several people have been left with serious injuries orchestrated by hooded gangsters.
In one of the incidents, which happened on Monday night, a bartender at a local pub in Mwamba trading centre escaped with minor injuries after the gang stormed her place of work where they escaped with a television screen and unspecified amount of cash.
“It is believed the same hooded gang inflicted three deep panga cuts on the head of a night duty watchmen as it attempted to forcefully gain entry into Home Lady Hotel in Lumakanda trading centre on Tuesday night,” said Macharia, adding the gang walked into the homestead belonging to Lumakanda DEB Primary School teacher where they made away with a gas cooker the very night.
The watchman, Mr. James Mulali, 49 years, is currently undergoing treatment at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTHR) in Eldoret.
The latest incident occurred on Thursday night when the suspected thugs inflicted serious head and hand injuries on a night watchman at Munyuki Secondary School before gaining entry to the school where they stole computers and a laptop.
“Just like in the previous case, the gang inflicted deep panga cuts on the watchmen’s head,” said Macharia.
According the school’s Deputy Principal, Mrs. Veneranda Enane, the thugs broke into the secretary’s office and laboratory block where they stole two computers and the laptop.
“However, Central Processing Units (CPUs) for the two computers were found dumped at Munyuki Primary School play field, “disclosed Enane, adding the thugs managed to disappear with monitors and the laptop.
The laptop was a private property belonging to one of the teachers in the school.
The watchman, Mr. Charles Busaka, was rushed to Lumakanda Sub County Hospital before he was referred to Eldoret’s MTRH in critical condition.
While sending a stern warning to perpetrators of crime in the area, the Sub County boss observed that criminal gangs were capitalizing on evening and night rains to execute their activities, “but we are going to deal with such head on and restore law and order,” added Macharia.