BY CORRESPONDENT,NAKURU,22ND SEPT 2017-Seven suspects charged in connection with the murder of 42 police officers in Baragoi, Samburu County, five years ago have been set free by a high court in Nakuru.The seven were set free on Friday by judge Maureen Odero. Among the seven are a member of county assembly, four chiefs and two Kenya Police Reservists.
The seven had been accused of involvement in the killing of the police officers that shocked the nation in 2012 and were out on Sh5 million bond each.
The judge said there was no evidence linking any of the suspects to the murder of the officers.
“I find no pre-mafacie case established against any of the seven accused persons. I thus enter a verdict of not guilty and I acquit each of the suspects of the 12 counts of murder,” said Justice Odero while delivering the judgement.
The acquitted persons include Nachola Ward Representative Lawrence Lorunyei, chiefs Christopher Lokerach, Enoi Lesike, Amojong Loturo and Jeremiah Ekurao, reservist Loomira Looyen and ranger Ekai Loyee.
According to the judgment, the suspects did not flee after the incident because they were arrested (some in uniforms) while attending a security meeting in Maralal town.
The judge said the suspect were only arrested because they held position of leadership in the community.
The police officers had gone to track and recover stolen livestock in Baragoi when the massacre occurred.