Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) officers from Manga police station in Borabu Sub County Nyamira County in collaboration with Memisi ASTU in Bomet have arrested a suspected cow rustler and recovered five cows at Kipsengei Sub location Bomet County early yesterday morning.
Officer commanding Manga police Station (OCS) Joseph Chacha while confirming the incident to press today said they acted on a tip off by members of the public from Esise ward and immediately planned on a joint operation to track the suspect who they managed to arrest yesterday at around 0400hrs.
David Rop, 64 was arrested in his homestead at Kipsingei Sub Location, Ndanai location, Bomet County hiding in his maize granary and after thorough search in his compound, five cows which are suspected to have been stolen were recovered.
“This suspect together with others still at large have terrorized dairy farmers of Esise ward who border Bomet County by stealing their cows which is their source of livelihood,” OCS Chacha said.
Two out of the five cows which were recovered and driven to Memisi ASTU camp were positively identified by two residents from Esise who had reported the theft in the months of July and October this year.
“The suspect is in Manga police station custody and will be charged before Keroka Law Courts and all those rustlers still on the run will be pursued and once arrested, will also be brought to book,” the officer stated.
By Deborah Bochere