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Six houses torched in Ndhiwa Sub County

Security was intensified in Rachong’ village of West Kabuoch location, Ndhiwa constituency Sunday after angry residents torched six grass-thatched houses whose owners are accused of witchcraft.
The family of Mzee Gabriel Osaso Opudo (79) is now seeking accommodation in the neighborhood after his houses were burnt down to ashes with all the properties.
The old man is allegedly linked with the death of a class one pupil at Ombo primary school in Ndhiwa, who was attacked and killed by a crocodile at River Kuja on Friday last week.
According to the area Senior Chief Joseph Ogur Otieno, Mzee Opudo was among the villagers who were searching for the body of the minor Sunday but in the process he was heard whispering that the body will not be found angering the villagers who descended on him before he was rescued by police officers who were also aiding in the search.
Chief Otieno added that over 300 villagers who were going on with the search of the body went further and burnt a maize and sugar cane plantation belonging to the old man besides injuring his son identified as Peter Osaso (42) who is still recuperating at Ndhiwa sub-county Hospital.
At the same time, Otieno revealed that six houses were razed to the ground with all households’ items while the seventh one was saved by security officers who rushed to the scene.
Confirming the incident to KNA, Ndhiwa OCPD Dishon Chadaka said they had deployed police officers to calm the tension that is still high in the area to ensure there is no more destruction of properties and lose of lives
Chadaka further added that the search operation for the body of the minor who was killed by the reptile is still underway in collaboration with officers from police, KWS officers and members of the public.
By Martin Shikuku/Davis Langat

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