Man arrested over murder of Laikipia County officials

Man arrested over murder of Laikipia County officials

Police in Laikipia have arrested a suspect believed to be behind the killing of two Laikipia County Government officials last week.

The suspect was arrested at Chemolingot area in Baringo County by the officers pursuing the criminals.

According to Nyahururu OCPD Ezekiel Chepkwony, the suspect was caught with five cows which had been stolen before the shooting took place.

The OCPD said that the residents positively identified the stolen cows which the man was driving from a nearby forest.

“We have been trailing the suspects and at least we have the one we have been following. The residents have positively identified the cows which were among the sixty that had been stolen,” he said.

He noted that more police officers had been deployed to pursue the remaining culprits.

“We will be questioning him on the whereabouts of the rest as our officers are still on the ground. This is one of the suspects that we have been looking for,” noted Chepkwony.

According to the OCPD, the suspect is connected to several other killings that have occurred in the region.

The suspect, he said, would be arraigned in court to face murder charges.

The two county officials; David Waithaka, a driver in the Enforcement Department and Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officer Stephen Wambugu were killed while on official duty at Laikipia Nature and Conservancy ranch on Wednesday evening last week.

Laikipia West Acting Sub-county Administrator Ikinya Matindi was also shot and injured during the attack.

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