2 cattle thieves killed and their bodies burned in Koma

A Police car from KBC police station surrounded by locals at Koma-Kenol road. Two people have been killed by residents after they were caught carrying stolen meat. (Photo credit-Juline/Mauvoo)

Two suspected cattle thieves have been killed and their bodies burned by irate locals in Masokani village, Koma, Matungulu Subcounty of Machakos County.

The duo was found carrying stolen fresh cow meat by residents after 5 cows were stolen last night in the area and slaughtered.

Speaking to the press, the irate residents said that the cattle were stolen at night and taken to Masokani to be slaughtered and when the residents saw this they waited for them on the road where they caught them and beat them before burning them.

“Last night there was cattle theft and they took them to the same place they slaughter them, we have waited for long to catch the thieves who are giving us sleepless nights and today we caught them, we do not know where they are from and today we said enough is enough, let them be a lesson to others, “One of the residents told Mauvoo News.

The Bodies of the two were taken to Kangundo Level 4 Hospital Morgue.

In January, the residents held demos, dumped carcasses of slaughtered cows, and burnt tires thus blocking the busy Nairobi-Kangundo road after four bulls were stolen in Muusini area.

Police were forced to lob tear gas at demonstrating Koma residents Friday afternoon. The irate residents were protesting rampant cattle theft in the area in the last few months.

In February, residents of Matungulu asked Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai to intervene over the increased cases of cattle theft that were becoming rampant in the area.

“We are tired of our cows being stolen on weekly basis. We want Mutyambai to intervene on this issue so that it ends once and for all, we cannot be living in fear, ” said one of the residents then.

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