Bungoma, Kenya: Leaders from Bungoma County have faulted security agencies for failing to arrest a Kimilili club owner.
The businessman is on the run after he allegedly shot dead a 22-year-old university student.
Speaking yesterday during Mitch Kibiti’s funeral, leaders including Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka and Kimilili MP Suleiman Murunga said they were puzzled that the authorities had not caught up with the businessman, a week after the tragedy.
The Second Year Technical University College student, and who is the son of Bungoma County Chief Executive Officer in-charge of Education David Kibiti, is said to have been shot in the head outside Club Etonia by the owner.
Lusaka said he would lead residents in a demonstration tomorrow if the culprit, who is a licensed gun holder, will not have been brought to book.
“I will join hands and lead residents in protests if justice does not prevail,” warned Lusaka.
He asked Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to ensure that the murder suspect is put behind bars, and justice prevails for the bereaved family, which has lost a bright and promising son
Murunga echoed his sentiments and appealed to the Government to keep vetting licensed gun holders before issuing them with firearms, in a bid to ensure they are not of questionable integrity.
“There are reports that the suspect is of questionable character. He had allegedly threatened other people with the same gun. This kind of people should have their firearms withdrawn,” said Murunga.
Bungoma Deputy Governor Hillary Chongwony, former Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli, all the county executive members, and county chief officers attended the funeral. A host of Members of the County Assembly were also present.
Speaking separately to The Standard on Sunday, Bungoma County Commissioner Maalim Mohamed, also the chairperson of the security and intelligence team, said it is just a matter of time before the suspect is caught.
“I am following up the case as the file was brought to my office. I urge residents to keep calm as we fight for justice,” said Mohamed.
He added that the suspect had dumped all his communication gadgets, thus making it difficult to trace him.
Mohamed, however, said the police are on the man’s trail.
By Daniel Psirmoi, The Standard