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Residents demonstrate over alleged police involvement in killings

Residents of Kenyenya in Kisii County held a demonstration on Sunday over alleged police involvement in the murder of two people which occurred end of last week.

In the first incident, a 65 year old businessman, Zablon Nyambego was hacked to death a few metres away from the AP police post as he headed home at Magena trading centre.

In the second incident, Dominic Ondieki was shot dead allegedly by area police after irate residents protested against the killing of the businessman.

Area  legislator, Prof. Zadock  Ogutu  joined the residents in castigating police in the recent killings during confrontations with residents.

During  the protest, fires were lit along Kisii – Kilgoris road before riot police and General Service Unit members moved in to disperse them.

The  bereaved families have now demanded the murders be unraveled as the MP alleged the police were endangering lives with their negligence instead of protecting them.

Ogutu petitioned Interior ministry Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i  to ensure police officers implicated in Ondieki’s killing are brought to book.

He called for action against the paramilitary police for beating up, maiming and damaging, property of the residents throughout the night ostensibly to enforce security.

Residents  interviewed said some police officers had overstayed in the area and engaged in business among other distractive  activities and should be transferred.

Magena businessman, Joel  Onduso wanted the government to investigate how Zablon was killed at the police post’s door step without them intervening.

Raphael Onguso appealed to the government to find out why residents exercising their constitutional right by questioning the businessman’s brutal murder were shot at by the police killing Ondieki on the spot.

By  Jane  Naitore

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