KNA Residents of Kakrao Ward, Suna East Sub-County in Migori are living in fear as cases of insecurity increase in the area.
The residents are counting painful losses of their family members from the rise of shocking killings in the area.
In the most recent incident, a primary school teacher was murdered in cold blood and his badly mutilated body dumped in a thicket a few meters from his homestead.
The deceased, Kevin Owuor who was a teacher at a private school in Migori town was reported missing on July 2nd before he was found dead two days later.
His family reported the matter to the Migori Police Station and continued with their search before students from the Kakrao Technical Training Institute stumbled upon his body.
In a similar scenario, residents stumbled on the naked body of an unidentified young woman in her twenties, raising fresh fears of yet another murder barely a day after the body of the primary school teacher was picked up a few meters from the spot.
On June 25th, Migori town residents woke up to the shocking news that a farmhand was found murdered on the outskirts of Migori town, adding to the list of killings. This was the third killing in the area within two weeks.
Concerned residents now say that after the curfew hour hits, police officers often retreat to their stations and don’t carry out patrols, leaving gangs to roam the area freely.
The residents lament that they live in constant fear as there are no security lights to safeguard them from the unseen outlaws who take advantage of the darkness to terrorize them.
“We don’t have electricity. Once we get power installed in this area, our security will be beefed up. We need security lights to scare out those in hiding waiting to attack us,” cried one of the residents.
Area Assistant Chief Wilfred Ogolla while speaking yesterday to KNA Tuesday during the burial of Kevin Owuor condemned the killings and urged the residents to stay calm and let the police do their investigations with a view to and bringing perpetrators to book.
“These kinds of deaths cannot be welcomed in any community and I want to emphasize that the government has structures of carrying out investigations. We requested for a Police Post here three years ago and we are still waiting,” lamented the Chief.
He however said that as they await for the Police Post to be erected in the area, the residents should help in community policing by scrutinizing their neighbours and all those in their midst to help in curbing insecurity.
The motives behind the killings have not yet been established, while the suspects are yet to be apprehended.