Matiangi's statement after watching viral video of Kakamega man being hacked to death

26 people have been arrested

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i issues statement on viral video of Kakamega man being hacked to death for stealing chicken

A video that has gone viral on social media has gotten the attention of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i.

In a statement to newsrooms on Monday, Dr Matiang'i strongly condemned the video of a man being hacked in Kakamega over what is reported to have been a theft incident.

CS Matiang'i noted that the death of the man in the video was wrongfully reported to the police as a mob justice fatality.

"The Government of Kenya condemns in the strongest terms possible, the heinous and outrageous murder of an adult male that took place on 12th of July, close to the Khayega market in Shinyalu area. 

"It has now been established that through various acts of commission, omission and collusion, the incident was falsely reported to police as a case of mob injustice.

"However, shocking video footage that emerged over the weekend on social media, showed a helpless man being hacked to death as villagers around him watched," the statement read in part.

Francis Muse Liseche "Moi" arrested

The statement came a day after DCI detectives arrested one Francis Muse Liseche alias Moi and three others over the incident.

Dr Matiang'i further explained that 26 suspects have so far been arrested for participating in the killing.

"The police immediately launched a massive operation in the area and have since arrested 26 suspects. Those arrested include the Ag. Chief of the area, suspected murderer, the owner of the crude weapon used in the murder, as well as individuals who stood by and watched the merciless act unfold without taking any action.

"Citizens stand reminded that only a court of law has the authority to adjudicate someone’s guilt or innocence," the statement continued.

The CS further stated that a crackdown has been launched in the Shinyalu area to arrest other perpetrators of such crimes.

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