Security heightened in Uasin Gishu village over fire incident

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 13 Aug, 2022 13:09 | 2 mins read
Image of burnt houses in Chagaiya PHOTO/James Gitaka

A hundred General Service unit Officers are set to be deployed to the Chagaiya area of Kesses, Uasin Gishu, after three houses were torched by unknown people this week.

According to the Uasin Gishu County police commander, two semi-permanent houses were torched Thursday night, while unknown people burned another house last night.

However, no injuries have been reported in the three incidents.

"Another house was indeed burnt tonight. Security officers are headed to the scene. We want to assure residents of Chagaiya that investigations are ongoing and the culprits will be arrested, and there is no need for alarm," Ali said.

The police boss said the motive behind the torching of the three houses is yet to be established.

" We suspect a case of normal criminal activity or a form of intimidation, but we want to assure our people to remain calm. We will get to the bottom of this matter and ensure culprits are arrested," he added.

On Friday, Kesses Deputy County Commissioner John Odindi held a peace baraza where he gave ultimatums to members of the public to surrender the names of those involved in the torching of houses, failure to which the government will undertake a security operation led by GSU officers.

Public Baraza in Kapseret

"I want to assure you that I will not be holding any other baraza here. If you do not surrender the names of those behind the heinous act, we will come for them," Odindi said.

Human Rights groups and other religious organizations have condemned the incidents and called upon the communities to maintain peace.

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