The Star (Nairobi)

20 May 2013

Kenya: Bungoma Politician Gave Out Sh 100,000 for the Kikwechi Attacks .

Photo: Jimmy Kamude/IRIN
Bungoma politician accused of paying youth over the attacks (file photo).

A special team dispatched from CID headquarters to investigate the motive of the spate of violent attacks in Bungoma has unearthed how a senior Bungoma politician gave youths Sh100,000 to attack Kikwechi village for political revenge. Speaking over the weekend during the funeral of businessman Timothy Nyongesa, a victim of the wide spate of violent attacks, Governor Kenneth Lusaka, said an area politician through his keen had a meeting with the youth aged between 18 and 35 before they carried out the attacks.

More than 100 people were hospitalised at the Bungoma District Hospital after the attacks on the night of April 26. Twenty two out of the 30 youths who are suspected to have been behind the attcks have been arrested and are helping the special crime unit with investigations. "I had a meeting with top security agents in the country and I can assure you that they are making major break through. The youths have told them who was htier financier ,"said Lusaka on the phone after the funeral.

Lusaka, however, did not give the name of the politician who is said to have funded the attacks for political revenge. Bungoma Police chief Amos Cheboi has since maintained that no tangible evidence has been gathered to directly link the two to the recent attacks. Wakoli and the younger Wetang'la have also publicly denied involvement in the attacks terming their predicament apolitical witch-hunt by rivals.

Speaking at the funeral, Bungoma senator Moses Wetang'ula ruled out a political motive in the recent attacks defending Wakoli as an innocent peace-loving Kenyan. "You all know Wakoli. Can he even kill a fly?" he said.

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