Residents of Osingo village in Migori County woke up to a rude shock when they found six houses of suspected cattle rustlers were razed down by unknown people Wednesday night.
One of the residents Peter Oketch said that a house belonging to his nephew who is suspected to be a cattle thief caught fire at night after unknown people who only found the suspect’s wife Matilda Oketch and two children raided the village.
According to the suspect’s wife, her husband Daniel Otieno had left home for work in Awendo as a sugarcane track driver Wednesday evening only for his home to be attacked at night.
The unknown arsonists ordered the wife to remove some belonging from the house including three children who were already asleep before setting the house ablaze.
Other five suspects’ houses in the neighbourhood were also torched in what was described as a well organised attack on those suspected of working in cahoots with cattle thieves from a neighbouring community.
Suna East Sub County Commissioner Dennis Mutiso who visited the homes accompanied by Migori OCPD Patrick Macharia said that police have arrested one person in connection with cattle thefts incidents in the area.
Mr. Mutiso however challenged the locals to work with security agencies while tracking suspected thieves.
He said police were on hot pursuit of those whose houses were burnt to record statements so that action could be taken according to the law.
OCPD Macharia said that police officers will use all the available resources to help eradicate cattle rustling in the entire Migori County and urged locals to stop taking the law in their own hands.
Incidents of cattle rustling have become rampant on the border of Kuria, Migori and Transmara regions a situation which has resulted into many deaths and even left others seriously injured.
Source: Kenya News Agency