Chaos erupted in Kajiado town after residents staged violent demonstrations over the killing of a 35 year old bodaboda operator.
The deceased is said to have succumbed to injuries on Wednesday after he was attacked and brutally injured by unknown suspects.
Police officers had a rough time in engaging the irate protesters who took the law into their own hands.
According to Kajiado Central Police boss Eric Nteere, the residents destroyed property worth millions of shillings during the demonstrations.
He said the protester claimed they knew the suspects.
It is very unfortunate for the members of the public to fail to report suspects to the police and instead take the law into their own hands, Nteere lamented.
The law is very clear and the police will do their part in arresting suspects after getting information, he added.
Nteere said the suspect, who was being pursued by the residents had been arrested and charged on Tuesday for being in possession of illegal goods.
However, the police boss said the suspect was later released on cash bail on Wednesday to help the police carry out investigations.
Nteere has also distanced his officers from claims that they used excessive force in dispersing the irate protesters.
The claims and reports of police using excessive force in Kajiado town is malicious and not based on the truth, since the police used tear gas and blank bullets and no serious injuries were reported, Nteere said.
He said Kajiado Police station OCS was injured on his left leg and a police car was vandalised after the irate public pelted police with stones.
Nteere said already one suspect, who is believed to have been linked to Wednesday attack of bodaboda operator has been arrested and is being detained at the Kajiado police station as the police carry out further investigations.
Source: Kenya News Agency