NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6 – The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) wants the government to swiftly apprehend and prosecute criminal gangs that have reined terror on villagers in Bungoma and Busia Counties, leaving at least eight people dead and hundreds others injured.
LSK chairman Eric Mutua argued that the security agencies should investigate the gruesome killings, especially now that there have been allegations that they were politically driven.
He added that the motive behind the attacks was mysterious because the perpetrators appeared to have aimlessly killed innocent villagers.
“What is puzzling about the recent attacks is that the gangsters struck with an agenda known only to them; they just killed and maimed villagers indiscriminately,” Mutua said.
He further urged the police to ensure that they gathered enough evidence to nab the terrorists and ensure they were prosecuted.
Mutua argued that the bloodshed witnessed in the western part of the country amounted to crimes against humanity and those behind it should not be allowed to walk away free.
“The law should take its course to restore confidence to the innocent civilians living at the mercy of terror gangs on the loose,” he said.
The LSK chairman added that the attacks must be contained to prevent a repeat of the organised assaults witnessed in Bungoma in the 1980s and 90s.
At the time, attacks were carried out by gangs like Angola Musumbiji, Sabaot Land Defence Force and February Eighteen Revolution Army.
Last Thursday, the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo dispatched a security team led by his deputies Samuel Arachi, Grace Kaindi and the director of criminal investigations Ndegwa Muhoro to the areas to unravel the attacks.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula had last week criticised the police saying they were not doing enough to bring the matter to a close.
He also called for a police reshuffle to ensure that those who had stayed in the two Counties for too long are transferred.
“It is so unfortunate that the police have relaxed and the Inspector General of Police has not even taken the initiative to visit the area,” he argued.
Reports indicate that four people have been arrested in connection with the killings.