Former CS Rashid Echesa
By Mkarimu Media
Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala have been arrested over the recent Matungu killings that left 12 people dead.
Echesa was arrested moments after leaving a function attended by DP William Ruto where he addressed area leaders including Bonny Khalwale who later announced his defection from Ford-K to Jubilee party.
Echesa was taken to the Kakamega Central Police Station and is reportedly being interrogated over the killings.
Malala was arrested separately in Kisumu by DCI detectives and is currently being held at Kisumu Central Police Station.
Regional commander Rashid Yakub said police are still searching for suspects in connection with the Matungu killings.
Mayoni MCA Libinus Oduor was also arrested earlier and he, alongside Echesa and Malala will appear in court on Monday.
Matungu MP Justus Murunga was given six hours to surrender or be treated as the key suspect in the killings.
At least 30 people were injured in the same attacks that saw Interior CS Fred Matiangi send officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) to Kakamega County.
“It is an organised group, the way they execute their crime is the same, you find that they cut all their victims behind the neck,” area OCPD John Matsili said.
“These gangsters always come to the villages at around 2am and start hacking their victims,” added Allan Juma, a resident in Matungu.
“The problem is by the time the police arrive, the gangsters have already moved to another village and continue with their attack,” another resident Japeth Mungai added.
On May 7, residents staged a demonstration the Ejinja Administration Police Camp, angry and frustrated over the alleged lack of intervention.
The attacks have led to the transfer of the area OCS and the AP officers there, the new team in some way providing new hope to the residents.