Kericho: Tout arrested for threatening traders with post-election eviction

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On Sun, 29 May, 2022 11:40 | < 1 min read
Tout arrested in Kericho for threatening fruit vendors
Handcuffs. PHOTO/Courtesy

Police in Kericho are holding a man on incitement to violence charges after he threatened fruit vendors at a local petrol station.

Kipruto Vincent Koech, a matatu tout operating in Kericho, allegedly threatened the traders that they would be evicted from the county after the upcoming August General Election.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the suspect issued the threats after the vendors accused him of obstructing them with his vehicle.

"The man who is a tout had commandeered his vehicle, a Matatu registration number KCW 131D, blocking the vendors' wares, leading to a protest from the fruit vendors based at Jumbo Petrol station," DCI said.

Apparently, as the vendors asked the matatu driver to give them some space to attend to their customers, the tout shouted them down telling them that their days in the county were numbered.

This, DCI said, alarmed the traders who have operated their businesses at the petrol station for the past 20 years.

They rushed to Kericho police station fearing for their lives and filed their reports leading to the arrest of the conductor.

The suspect is being processed for arraignment in court on Monday, May 30.

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