Activities in two villages, Kamaindi in Tharaka-Nithi County and Ugweri in Embu County recently came to a standstill following a gruesome murder of a chief and a senior police officer respectively that led to deployment of the most feared General Service Unit (GSU).
The Kamaindi Chief Josphat Mayau Mukengu was slashed into pieces with panga to death and later burned behold recognition by reportedly irate villagers following a prolonged land dispute with neighbors.
The chief had been sent by Igambang’ombe Deputy County Commissioner Fred Masinjila to solve a dispute between his brother, Mr Gikware Mukengu, and a villager whose goats had encroached on the former’s land.
Meanwhile, Chuka OCS Joseph Kinyua was also hacked to death with an axe in Ugweri market by a suspect in the chief’s murder, who he was pursuing in Embu County the following day in company of two other junior police officers and an informer.
The suspect, Mr David Ikaba, was also shot dead killed by police while the informer was seriously injured by mob and has been in critical condition at Tenri Hospital in Embu County.
Source: The Star