Four watchmen who were recently hacked to death at Siranga trading centre in Ugenya were on Saturday laid to rest as local leaders accused the security apparatus of doing little to bring to book the killers.
Led by Ugenya Member of Parliament, David Ochieng, the leaders, among them politicians Dr. Daniel Odhiambo and lawyer Rodgers Sagana lamented that two weeks since the incident, no suspect has been arrested.
Speaking during a funeral service of the four at Siranga primary school grounds, the leaders urged the government to critically scrutinize local security apparatus in order to identify those who could be conniving with criminals to terrorize and kill innocent people.
They said that insecurity in the area was a great concern to the residents, adding that in the past few weeks, criminals have had a field day in Ukwala ward, breaking into shops and on one occasion, raided the home of Yenga assistant chief’s home, razed it to the ground and killed his livestock.
Ugenya legislator, David Ochieng said as leaders, they were ashamed that little could be done to save the lives of the watchmen. He called on the government not to spare anyone who could have been behind the massacre of the security guards.
The legislator told the locals to share with the police any information they have that could help in nabbing the suspects, adding that it has been established that some of the suspects left behind their phones.
Dr. Odhiambo called on the sub county security committee to ensure that the officers are committed to protecting the lives and property of the locals.
Odhiambo called on the Ministry of Interior to deploy enough personnel and provide them with transport and tools adding that as leaders, they were ready to engage the Ministry headquarters on the same.
Ugenya Assistant County Commissioner Mr. Rufus Kihara assured the locals that investigations were ongoing and that soon, the criminals will be brought to book.
The slain watchmen included George Agara Opuch (68 years), Patrick Oduor Ondoo (59 years), Thadeus Ochieng Radido (43 years) and Benard Odhiambo Opundo (49 years.