One suspect shot dead while another is arrested as all guns stolen in Mumias are recovered


BY NAMULONGO PETER.NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6 – One suspect has been shot dead as Police  recovered all the seven guns that were stolen from Booker Police Post in Mumias, following an extensive security operation that has also led to the arrest of one suspect.

The first firearm loaded with 20 rounds of ammunition was recovered at the weekend near a sugarcane farm in Mayoni market.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet says six other firearms were recovered on Monday night.

The guns were stolen when thugs stormed the police post and made away with rifles and 9 magazines loaded with 184 rounds of ammunition.

One police officer was injured during the attack that led to a security operation that was heavily criticised by human rights organisations for brutalising residents.

The search operation though successful has been criticized by human rights organizations including the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), after locals accused police of being brutal.

The authority has since dispatched investigators to the ground where they are interviewing residents, victims and police officers themselves over the claims.

Area residents have accused police officers of brutalising them during the search to recover firearms and ammunition stolen last week from Booker Police Post.

Boinnet has since ordered investigations into complaints of excesses by police during the recovery operation.

“Any member of public, violated or ill-treated in any manner, is asked to lodge official complaint for purposes of investigations. Any police officer found culpable will face severe disciplinary action including arraignment in court and dismissal from the service,” he warned.

Rights group, the Independent Medico Legal Unit has also launched a private probe with a motive to bring to book culpable officers.

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