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Persistent senseless killings in Saku constituency raise concerns

A  20 year old boda boda rider was on Tuesday evening killed in cold blood following a gun attack by unknown people at Lpus area, Songa location in Marsabit County.

The  incident comes barely a day after two secondary school students were shot dead by suspected armed bandits at Funanyatta in the outskirts of Marsabit town while a 12 year old pupil was critically injured.

The heightening insecurity in Saku constituency with executors of the heinous act believed to be holed up in Marsabit forest has raised concerns from both leaders and residents with Governor Mohamud Ali calling for immediate action to stem the lawlessness.

“We are demanding for speedy investigations and arrest of both planners and executors of the senseless killings,” said the governor.

The  Marsabit Central Sub-County Deputy Police Commander, David Muthuri  said the boda boda rider was travelling from Karare trading centre to Songa with two other relatives when they were waylaid by unknown armed people.

The rider was shot in the hand and head dying on the spot but his companions managed to escape unhurt.

The attackers disappeared into Mt Marsabit forest prompting a pursuit by security personnel who were immediately dispatched to the area.

Area DCC, Patrick Muriira assured residents that all was being done to bring those involved in the acts of lawlessness to book.

Muriira  said that nobody would be allowed to get away with crime and appealed for cooperation from locals in arresting suspects involved in the killings.

The body was removed to Marsabit County referral hospital mortuary.

Locals  said  the victim of Tuesday’s illegal AK 47 rifle attack victim was a form four leaver and was engaged in boda boda business to eke a living.

Meanwhile, six  suspects in connection with killings that happened in Haro Girisa and Haro Halakhe in Saku Constituency of Marsabit County have been arraigned in a Marsabit court.

However  the suspects were not required to plead to any charges when they appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate (SRM), Tom  Wafula.

This  was  after the prosecution pleaded for more time to complete investigations against Guracha Boru Huka, the chairman Borana council of elders, Halakhe Wako Golicha, a member of Marsabit County security and cohesion Committee and Guyo Bonaya, the chairman of Saku constituency development Fund (CDF).

Others were former Marsabit County Education Director now the chairperson of the Gabra council of elders Kanchora Chepe, former MCA for Turbi ward and a member of the county street children board, Pius Yattani and a member of the Gabra council of elders, Joseph Yattani Dida.

The prosecution told the court that the investigating team led by detective, James Ndegwa required at least 21 days to complete their investigations.

The  suspects who were arrested last weekend, through their lawyers, Halakhe Dida and Alfred Nyandieka strongly opposed their continued detention in police custody and asked the court to consider shortening the period being sought by the prosecution.

The  SRM ordered that the suspects who are being held at the Laisamis police station be produced in court on Friday June 26 when the court would make a ruling on the applications.

By  Sebastian Miriti

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