Four suspected rustlers were killed by members of public and their truck burnt down as one of them escaped with gun wounds in Kitengela on Friday.
Truck belong to suspected rustlers burnt down in Kitengela on November 23.
The suspects, according to the owner of the cows Kunini ole Mwanta, went to his manyata in the morning of Friday and drove off nine cows and a big bull.
“After the suspects had driven off the cows, my dogs continuously barked and my sons went to check and found the cows missing. They immediately raised an alarm and the rustlers were pursued,” said Mwanta.
Mwanta said the theft occurred at his home in Korrompoi area of Kaputiei North Ward and the cows were driven towards export processing zone in Athi River where the rustlers had loaded them on the truck.
The rustlers were caught up by irate morans and other villagers from Korrompoi before the shooting begun as escaped for safety leaving the stolen cows behind in the truck.
Isinya OCPD Kinyua Mugambi confirmed the incident and said the four suspects were confirmed dead on arrival to hospital.
“We picked them and rushed them to hospital but on arrival doctors confirmed they had passed on. One suspect escaped with injuries,” said Mugambi.
Eye witnesses said some of the villagers were armed with licensed guns and that there was no resistance from the rustlers as they were being run down.
Two weeks ago, Kitengela OCS Renson Gambo swore in public that he will personally handle thuggery and rustling that has caused mayhem among pastoralists in Korrompoi.
Although he was not involved in the recovery of the stolen livestock, Gambo had complained more than 200 cows and 3, 000 sheep had been reportedly stolen in Korrompoi in the past 5 months.