Mt Elgon families whose relatives were killed want ring leaders in recent attacks charged

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i (left) with Western Regional Commissioner Ms Rachel Ng'etich at Masaek village in Mt Elgon during a security meeting-Photo/Ong'ang'a Ochuodho/County Guardian News


By CGN Reporter

Over forty families in Mt Elgon constituency whose relatives were killed and scores left nursing injuries want the government to jail the main suspects who surrendered themselves to the police recently.

This is after a gang which was known as G-5 attacked area residents in months of December 2017 to early February this year in four wards within the sub county.

The families that consist of widows, widowers (husbands whose wives were killed) and children whose parents were killed want justice to be done by ensuring two bothers believed to be ring leaders of the terror gang are tried by a Bungoma court and not Nairobi.

The duo are Timothy Kiptai alias Cheparkach and his brother Andrew Ngeiyo who are said to have been behind the attacks that rocked the area in Kaptama,Chepyuk,Elgon and Kapkateny wards respectively.

The two are currently being detained at the CID headquarters in Nairobi as police continue with investigations on the matter.

Speaking to the press at Kapsokwony in Mt Elgon yesterday, the families led by Mr Moses Masud said that if the state does not come and prosecute the two in Bungoma they will hold demos and strip naked.

Mr Masud said they are wondering why the two were arrested  and are being detained in Nairobi  yet the fire arms  they used to terrorize area residents have not been kill our families have not been nabbed by the police.

“We are wondering why the state is holding the two in Nairobi they should come here where they committed the sins which is here in Mt Elgon and not in Nairobi. We want to also follow the court proceedings against them,’ said Mr Masud.

He urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to intervene and ensure they get justice for the loss of their families following the sporadic attacks that rocked the area.

‘We Mt Elgon electorates in last year’s general polls voted for Jubilee fully and captured all the seats the MP and MCA’s seats and we are wondering why the state cannot address our problems wisely,’ he said

He added: “We have received information that a certain pastor from Nakuru has been trying to seal a deal and have the two suspects forgiven. Let him not dare say that because he doesn’t know the pain we went through after losing our dear ones,’ he added.

Police had put one million cash bait on the duo before Cheparkach was nabbed in Eldoret by CID officers while Ngeiywo surrendered himself to police officers in Kericho.

The two were believed to be behind the wave of insecurity that rocked the volatile stricken mountain in the last past four months where close to twenty five people lost their lives.

The state through the cabinet secretary of interior Fred Matiang’i visited the mountain and imposed a 90 day curfew in the region and mounted a police operation to wipe out the criminal elements terrorizing wananchi and also get firearms in the wrong hands.