5 apprehended, to be charged with murder of two politicians in Baringo
Police earlier recovered five AK-47 and spent cartridges . The police have completed investigations.
Earlier, the investigators swore an affidavit, urging the court to extend seven to 14 more days to apprehend and gather evidence before the charges could be solidly executed. They are currently at Kabarnet Police Station waiting to be presented in court.
The slain politicians, Tiaty parliamentary seat aspirant Symon Pepee Kitambaa and Loyamorok Ward MCA Frederick Kibet Cheretei, were attacked and killed by hooded men three weeks ago in a social joint and their bodies abandoned at the crime scene.
The February 17 night action at T-junction Bar and Restaurant in Marigat as they spoke with five other people raised curiosity in the already war torn Baringo, calling on the government to expedite intervention.
Pepee was seeking to unseat area MP and chairman of the parliamentary committee on Security Asamna Kamama, who earlier vehemently denied any links with the incident.
Sergeant Tobias Mwita from DCI headquarters, however, swore an affidavit alleging the former security aide of one politician in the area planned the killings.
In his affidavit, Mwita also says that one of the apprehended suspects has a gun that was allegedly used to execute the two. Police recovered five AK-47 spent cartridges at the scene, which were collected for ballistics analysis.
The murder of the two politicians heightened the tension between the Pokot and Tugen communities in the area, escalating attacks in Baringo North and Baringo South. In the last two weeks of the fights, already nine people have been killed and tens of others fleeing their homes.
The area has since been classified as “disturbed and dangerous”. Already police have mounted a heavy operation in the area, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery said.
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