Residents of Matungu constituency in Kakamega County have been living in fear over the last month, following a spate of killings in the area, that has left 12 people dead in a month and several others injured. Residents have connected the killings to a known gang, who attack using blunt objects and machetes. The latest incident happened when an expectant mother and her three-year-old daughter were killed on Saturday night in Sayangwe, Koyonzo ward, and the deceased’s husband was seriously injured.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has urged residents to share any information they have concerning those culpable, and that they don’t have to open up to police officers, but they can also take the vital information straight to him. Speaking to residents during a visit to the area, he decried the insecurity that has raised eyebrows in the region and the fact that no one has been arrested. He told residents to be careful and considerate and divulge, saying they can be the victims if they don’t share information. “I want to tell you if you know someone who is the enemy or the thug, there is no need to take the information to the police, just bring it to me,” said Oparanya.
The Kakamega Governor said they had agreed that the officers in the area will be transferred, the OCS and the AP officers, but he urged residents to cooperate with the incoming officers. “I have been told that when officers come to your homes as they look for the culprits you lock the doors and start screaming for help,” he said, amidst disagreeing shouts from residents. Security agents have insisted that investigations are ongoing and that conclusions can’t be made at the moment.