Tension still high in Tharaka after GSU deployment, residents fleeing area

Tension remains high in Kamahindi area of Tharaka Nithi County after General Service Unit officers were deployed to where an Officer Commanding Station and area Chief were lynched on Tuesday.

Residents cotinue fleeing the area as the security officers moved in to handle the row between residents and local administrators.

Chief Japhet Majau Mukengu was beaten to death by residents, who were allegedly angered after the chief’s brother detained some goats belonging to one of the locals.

Five suspects were arrested on the same night over the chief’s murder, arraigned on Thursday and remain in custody for 15 days as the prosecution concludes investigations and prepare the charges.

On Wednesday, Chuka OCS Joseph Kinyua went to the area with another police officer in pursuit of a sixth suspect believed to be the ringleader of the group that killed the Chief.

They were, however, attacked by locals, with the OCS being hacked to death while the officer narrowly escaped the attack.

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