Fear has gripped the residents of Mwanzo, Kidiwa, Shauri and Kiplombe estates in Eldoret town following the killing of two people in two separate incidents by unknown people.
In Kiplombe area in the outskirts of Eldoret town resident’s woke up to a rude shock on Monday when they found a headless body of a man dumped in a ditch along the Eldoret town –Kiplombe- Soy road.
Boda Boda operators found the body in the early hours of the day as they went about their business with area residents suspecting the deceased was killed elsewhere and the body dumped at the scene.
They suspect the man may have been killed in a mob injustice attack on suspicion of being a member of a terror gang that has been terrorising residents during curfew hours.
The dead man’s head was discovered more than 30 metres from where the body was dumped.
Kiplombe assistant chief Ronald Tuwei confirmed the incident and cautioned residents against taking the law into their hands.
Mr Tuwei said that even though the deceased might have been involved in criminal activities, it was illegal for residents to take the law into their hands by killing any suspect.
“The deceased is suspected to be a member of a criminal gang, but it is illegal for residents to take the law into their hands especially during this time of curfew,” said Tuwei.
A resident Pamela Mwale raised concern over increasing cases of insecurity during this time when the government is focusing on the fight against covid-19.
“As residents we appreciate initiatives taken by our government in the fight against corona virus, but police must not relax in matters of general security,” said Ms Mwale.
Police officers who arrived at the scene after five hours took the body to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Mortuary.
In Mwanzo 37 year old Samuel Wachira was stabbed several times on the neck as he entered his home on Sunday, soon after 7pm by unknown assailants.
Wachira was pronounced dead on arrival at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) where he was rushed for treatment following the attack. Doctors said he died from excessive bleeding.
According to his wife Rose Wachira, the deceased was attacked as he entered his gate by people who were not identified.
Turbo Sub County police Commandant Eliud Maiyo confirmed the incident and said investigations have been launched to get those behind the murder.
Eldoret residents have complained over increasing cases of insecurity since the curfew was announced by the government.
However the county commissioner Abdirisack Jaldesa has assured the residents that police patrols will be intensified to deal with the criminals.
In a period of less than one month, three bodies have been recovered in various estates in Eldoret.
By Kiptanui Cherono