A 22 year old man stabbed to death in Mautuma as residents torch houses in revenge

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Deceased's father Kevovwe Ombuge (C)
Deceased's father Kevovwe Ombuge (C)

A 22 year old man was killed after he was attacked and stabbed by an armed gang at Mlimani junction, in Mautuma location, Lugari Sub County in an incident that prompted angry residents to torch three houses in revenge.

According to Edwin Jumba they were on their way home from Panpaper market with his friend Rolex Sagwa at around 7:30pm when they were attacked by a group of three men armed with crude weapons that started beating them mercilessly before stabbing his friend to death.

“We were dropped by a boda boda at Mlimani junction where we bought chips and decided to eat as we walk back home, however a few meters from the junction we banged into a group of three men who were armed with clubs  and knives, they attacked us without any reason,” explained Jumba.

Edwin Jumba who was with the deceased before he was killed
Edwin Jumba who was with the deceased before he was killed

He said as they tried to escape from the gang,  Sagwa slipped and fell with all the three men descending upon him with the clubs before one of them removed a knife and stabbed him on the neck killing him on the spot..

According to the deceased’s father Mr. Kevovwe Ombuge, his son left home to get medication for his sick mother but he never came back.

“An hour later, I was shocked to get news that my son had been attacked and murdered by a group of three people. They were armed with crude weapons. They stabbed him with a knife on the neck, “he noted.

Residents led by  Harun Mburu have decried rising cases  of murder among the youths.

“Youths should stop using drugs and taking the law into their own hands. When a dispute arises, you need to seek guiding and counseling instead of resorting to killing or fighting,” he noted.

A house destroyed by angry residents after failing to get the suspects (
A house destroyed by angry residents after failing to get the suspects

A local businessman Wangila Smith claimed that the gang of youths has been terrorizing business people and stealing valuables from them.

“The suspects caused havoc at my shop earlier. I reported the matter to the police but no action has been taken. They are well known youths who are using drugs,” Smith noted.

He said that the increased insecurity is discouraging investors from setting up businesses in the area.

He called on the government to urgently address insecurity in the area.

“The suspects are usually arrested but later on released after giving bribes.  Police officers taking bribes at the expense of our security should be transferred. I call upon security personnel to investigate the matter and ensure justice is served, “he said.

Elvis Liyayi asked the authority to speed up investigation and ensure the family gets justice following the death of their kin by apprehending the suspects who are at large.

The incident prompted residents to storm suspects’ homes baying for their blood and torched their houses after failing to get them.