The Star (Nairobi)

12 July 2014

Kenya: Cattle Rustlers Kill Woman in Laikipia, Steal 30 Sheep

A mother of eight was shot dead by bandits on Thursday night at Wangwaci village in Laikipia county.

Mary Mwangi, 55, was shot in her abdomen and died as she was being rushed to Nyahururu District Hospital at 10pm.

Area MCA Duncan Ndegwa said more than 10 armed men stormed her home and went straight to the cowshed where they stole 30 sheep.

"She wailed loudly asking for help and that is when one of the bandits shot her. They moved with the sheep to a nearby valley that leads to Baringo county," he said.

Ndegwa said she died a few metres from her home on the way to hospital.

The MCA said the animals have not been recovered and residents are still pursuing the criminals.

He blamed the police for not responding to the calls of the villagers.

"The police said they had no money to fuel their cars for pursuing the bandits. It is now unarmed residents who are pursuing the bandits. This is a shame to this government and we are calling for a transfer of all police officers in the region," Ndegwa said.

Laikipia women's representative Jane Apollos asked for more officers to be deployed in the region.

"It is a shame that residents have now started moving from the area. We want more officers here to maintain calm," she said.

Mwangi's body was moved to Nyahururu District Hospital mortuary.

Residents have started fleeing the area following the incident and after word went round that bandits are planning to storm the area once again.

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