Kakamega Youths Steal Ksh4.3 Million Worth of Fertilizer from Police Station
Residents of Kisa East ward in Kakamega County have stolen Ksh4.3 million worth of fertilizer from a police station and torched the house and motorbike of area chief Walter Obuchere, as reported by police officers at the scene. The youth made away with 1,240 bags of fertilizer stored for distribution under the government’s subsidy program. The incident occurred on Monday, April 3, and was in protest of the murder of Kisa East Ward MCA Stephen Maloba, who was stabbed to death on Saturday, April 1.
Speaking to the press after the incident, Obuchere expressed his disappointment that the young people who destroyed his property and even stoned his home were students. He stated, “The boys who raided my home were very young, some were junior secondary students and others were primary and high school students. I don’t have a feud with the MCA, he was my brother, and we worked well together. Our work as chiefs is to work with those who have been elected.”
According to reports, Maloba was attacked and stabbed following a heated confrontation with supporters of Khwisero Member of Parliament Christopher Aseka Wangaya. The lawmaker had convened a meeting at the home of one of his supporters near a secondary school, and a group of individuals believed to be the supporters of the MP confronted Maloba, telling him that he was not welcome at the meeting.
The investigation is ongoing, and the DCI counterparts are doing their part, stated one officer. While the officers have recovered 20 bags of fertilizer, the remaining 1,220 bags have not yet been recovered.
Maloba’s death was announced by Kakamega Deputy Governor, Ayub Savula, on Saturday, April 1, during an interdenominational service organized by Farouk Kibet in Malava, Kakamega County.