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Ten suspects arrested in connection with the torching of five churches.

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Brighton Makori .

Kisii 27 January 2021……….. Ten suspects in connection with touching of five churches at otamba sub location in Nyaribari chache Kisii county are in police custody after they were identified by villages.

According to Kisii county police Commander, Jebel Munene he noted that villagers had identified the suspects and officers have obtained a court order to book them as more probes continue to nab more suspects.

This comes after five churches were torched and some item were stolen -Nyang’eni SDA, St. Monica Otamba Catholic, Worldwide Gospel church, Pentecostal church and Legio Maria.

On Tuesday there was a Baraza in the area led by Kisii central deputy County Commissioner, Mohamed Hussein who urged locals to volunteer give information to police to arrest suspects.

The DCC also noted that they have started a crackdown on illegal drug users and illicit brew which contribute to crimes.

He appealed to parents, chiefs and clan elders  to ensure that qualified children report to schools and keep their records so that those who fail to report are traced and taken to schools.

Kisii central Member of county assembly Kefa Mogaka and former MCA Monyenye yoge called the national government to set up a police post at Masongo to enable security officers to patrol the area with ease to enhance security.

Father Nyaanga urged the security agencies to conduct more Barasa for residents to address challenges of illicit brew and drug abuse in the area.

He decried the burning of churches in the area, adding that church leaders will conduct periodic interdenominational prayers for those hell bent to burn churches to repent, reform and lead good lives.   

The Priest linked the increasing wave of crimes to drug abuse and poor parenting and challenged parents to inculcate moral value to their children to avoid engaging in crimes.

Father Nyaanga urged security officers who had arrested suspects to ensure they were taken to court to face the law, noting, some officers were bribed and freed suspects who bragged and abused chiefs with impunity.