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.
They dumped carcasses of slaughtered cows and burnt tires thus blocking the busy Nairobi-Kangundo road. On Thursday night, four bulls were stolen in Muusini area and later slaughtered in Koma area by unknown people.
The cattle theft incident was confirmed by Machakos County police Commander John Muiruri who said that three suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime. The trio was nabbed after a multi-agency operation involving the police, special crime unit, and DCIO.
He said that it has been established that the suspects of cattle theft have been collaborating with some of the family members where these cattle are stolen.
The County commander disclosed that the meat is later sold at Bama Market in Nairobi.
“We have arrested three people in connection with the theft and are in custody. Finally, we have been able to crack the stock theft syndicate,” said Muiruri. He said that the manhunt will continue to find the remaining suspects.
The suspects are held at KBC police station awaiting arraignment in court.
At Muusini village we meet Sabastian Mumo the farmer whose bulls were stolen on Thursday staring at the empty cowshed in disbelief. He says the cows were stolen at around 11 pm while he was asleep.
He says that there is a need for justice for farmers to rearing livestock in the area.
“We didn’t sell the cows to pay fees but someone decides to take us back to square one,” he lamented in disbelief.