A watchman has been killed and property worth millions of shillings stolen after robbers raided offices of an international non-governmental organization in Kitale.
Workers of Water Mission Kenya woke up to a rude shock when they reported duty only to find the lifeless body of the watchman near the gate and the offices ransacked.
It is suspected that Fred Kipyegon, 51 was hit by a blunt weapon and killed before the assailants broke into the offices. Kipyegon had his hands tied with a rope.
During the robbery, the criminals carted away several powerful solar panels and water pumps running into million of shillings.
Workers said they believe that the criminals knew the area.
Jeff Mureithi a senior staff at the organization said they reported on duty but found the gate open and Kipyegon’s lifeless body was discovered behind the offices.
“We were shocked when we found the main gate open and the watchman missing. We discovered his body near the fence behind the offices,” Mureithi told journalists.
Moses Ng’ania, the organization’s county director told K24 Digital that they had lost solar panels and water pumps which the organization intended to support learning institutions to access clean water.
“It is true thieves broke into our offices and killed the watchman and stole property worth millions of shillings,” Ng’ania told K24 Digital on phone.
Some of the equipment stolen was meant for the ongoing multi million Kiminini water project.
Last month, the organization started piping water through gravity to benefit hundreds of residents of the densely populated Kiminini township.
For many years, residents of Kiminini have lacked clean water and rely on water supplied from contaminated sources.
Police officers visited the offices and collected data to facilitate investigations.