Detectives in Kajiado have launched a manhunt for a suspect believed to have murdered two brothers over a land dispute.
The suspect, 35, is reported to have attacked and killed his first victim six months ago before going into hiding. He later returned and killed the deceased's brother last week.
In both incidents, the suspect who is well known to the deceased's family allegedly attacked and killed his victims using a machete.
Villagers of Nkoile who are currently living in fear reported that the culprit had threatened to kill five more people.
Following the latest development, the devastated residents took to the streets to protest the heinous murders urging the police to speed up investigations and trace the suspect to avert further killings.
The agitated locals barricaded the Nairobi Namanga road along Kumpa area causing a heavy traffic snarl before police intervened.
"We are law-abiding residents but today we have decided to barricade the road to seek attention for security and justice. Since he(the suspect)committed the murder last Thursday we have been converging to spend nights together due to fear. We do not know what peace is, "Gladys Saidimu, a resident said
"Everyone in this village now feels insecure. We all fear for our lives. It is further disheartening and terrifying that the killer is out rightly bragging and sending threats to kill more people. We believe the suspect is in a hideout not far from his targets. We appeal to security agencies to ensure patrols in this area and pursue the suspect before he commits more serious acts, "Simon Saitoti, Purko Member of County Assembly (MCA) said.
Kajiado County commander Muthuri Mwongera assured the area residents that the security apparatus have taken up the matter and are pursuing the suspect whose whereabouts are currently unknown.
He revealed that preliminary investigations indicated that the henious murders might have been occasioned by land conflict.
While reiterating that his team will beef up security in the region, Mwongera warned residents against taking the law into their own hands irrespective of the matters at hand noting that they(residents) should always seek legal intervention.
"Unfortunately two lives have been lost through murder. As security agencies, we will not leave any stone unturned on the matter. There is no justification whatsoever that justifies one to end life. Life is God-given and precious. We will not rest until we ensure we get hold of the suspect to face the wrath of the law, "Mwongera added.