Baringo se­cu­rity team to re­sign if that would end crime, says of­fi­cer as lo­cals protest death of baby chlo­ro­formed by bur­glars

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Baringo county com­mis­sioner Peter Ok­wanyo (pic­tured) on Thursday threat­ened to re­sign over what he saw as “mock­ery” by res­i­dents due to ris­ing crime in Kabar­net town.

On Wed­nes­day, res­i­dents marched to his of­fice and ac­cused him and his se­cu­rity team of lax­ity. “We’ll re­sign if that will end the bit­ing in­se­cu­rity,” Ok­wanyo said. He said he had just ar­rived from visit­ing vic­tims of ban­dit- ry in Loruk on the bor­der of Baringo North and Ti­aty sub­coun­ties.

The pro­test­ers de­manded his im­me­di­ate trans­fer or res­ig­na­tion, to­gether with county po­lice com­man­der Peter Ndung’u and Kabar­net OCS Se­bas­tian Mulili. They ac­cused the se­cu­rity team of aid­ing crim­i­nals.

The protest was sparked by the death of a nine-month-old child, af­ter bur­glars sprayed chlo­ro­form into its par­ents’ house be­fore break­ing in on Sun­day. Res­i­dents ac­cused the se­cu­rity team of re­leas­ing sus­pects who had been ter­ror­is­ing them for a month.

Civil so­ci­ety cru­sader Isa­iah Bi­wott said wananchi in­ter­cepted the cul­prits as they trans­ported stolen goods to Nakuru town. “We later learnt po­lice re­leased them and of­fered them pro­tec­tion af­ter they gave Sh2,000 bond each,” he said.

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