, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – Laikipia West Police Chief Mbelengo Mohare escaped death narrowly after suspected cattle rustlers masquerading as herdsmen ambushed and shot him.
The police boss was leading a team of security officers tracking down the raiders who had allegedly stolen livestock at a village near Rumuruti Town when the incident occurred.
According to Nyandarua County Police Commander Philip Opiyo, the injured officer is now stable and recuperating in hospital.
“I received information from the Regional Police Coordinator in Rift Valley that there was an attack within Rumuruti Police Division in Laikipia West. It happened that some heads of cattle were stolen and my officers were tracking the suspects when they came into contact with them and shot my officer,” he said.
He stated that no other casualties were reported during the incident but more security officers have been deployed to help in pursuing the raiders.
“They came into contact with the rustlers and they happened to injure one of our officers who has now been taken to hospital for treatment. We have mobilized law enforcement agencies and they are still on the ground pursuing the suspected rustlers,” he indicated.
It was reported that when they realized they had been cornered, the suspects laid an ambush and shot at the officers near Kifuko Ranching.
Mohare was shot on the chest and was rushed to Rumuruti Sub-County Hospital where he was given First Aid before he was transferred to Nyahururu Private Hospital for further treatment.
The incident took place at a time when the area has been receiving rising cases of herdsmen invading private ranches while in search of pasture and water as drought continues to bite in most parts of the country.