Residents of Mfupi area, in Mukuyuni Bungoma North are now living in fear following a series of violent attacks and break-ins in their homes and shops by suspected thugs.
Addressing the press, John Wanjala a resident told the star that their pleas to the Bungoma North police have not yielded any fruit after violent and consecutive attacks on their homes in the night of Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
“We suspect those behind the heinous attacks are the criminals who were released from prison last week in a program meant to decongest prison facilities in Bungoma and Kakamenga GK prisons,”He said
The residents however, lamented that despite their homes being a stone-throw-away from the residence of the National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi which is under 24-hour police guard no assistance comes in their time of distress.
A victim who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization by the known suspected thugs said most of the attacks happened when the criminals descend on their home after disconnected electricity and most during nights of heavy rains.
“Most of the attacks are at night when the lights are off,we can longer sleep in our houses ,something needs to be done,”He said
They are appealing to the Bungoma county Police Commander Francis Sang to intervene by ensuring the Bungoma North police officers based at Mukuyuni Market patrol the areas and flush-out the criminals who are well known to the residents.
They have also asked the Police Inspector General Joseph Boinett to consider transferring some of the police officers at Mukuyuni police post and who are believed to be colluding with criminals to harass peace loving residents.
The station has been around for over 10 years and the officers are now compromising on service delivery.
In January last year some of the suspected criminals are said to have murdered a resident Fred Khisa in cold blood at Line-Moja area and despite all indicators of their involvement no one has ever been arrested and charged for the crime.
The suspects went under after the crime but later surfaced and are now on the loose causing untold suffering to residents.
Bungoma County Police Commander Francis sang speaking on phone that police patrols had been heightened in the region and called all those with information to share it with the police.
“We have intensified our patrols to ensure that the culprits are brought to book,”He said.