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Sultan Police: ‘No Comment Over Woman Shooting’

Armed robbers have killed a businesswoman after attacking two Mpesa outlets in Sultan Hamud and Emali in a disturbing spate of rising crimes.

lifeless body of Mama Wachira at Sultan Hamud police station on Friday morning last week. Photo KNU.

It happened as the new area OCPD Bernard Wamugunda refuses to provide details of how the crime was carried out in succession without the thugs being apprehended.

Wamugunda refused to engage journalists on the phone over the incident claiming he could not talk about security matters with “unknown” people.

“I cannot talk about that attack to you because I do not know you. Kindly speak to Makueni County Police Commander so that he can brief you about it,” said Wamugunda.

When asked to provide the contact and name of his boss, he said; “Look for Makueni journalists to provide you with his number and name. I cannot, because I do not know you.”

Mama Wachira’s body was kept outside Sultan Hamud Police station in a Land Cruiser for hours as Wamugunda had security briefing with local police officers and chiefs at the offices.

Efforts to reach the officer hit a snag when he refused to pick our calls. Today we reminded him about the Friday incident at the police station and he would say nothing about it.

Eyewitnesses told KNU Mama Wachira was confronted by gun-toting gangsters in the early hours of Thursday evening in Sultan Hamud, near Nairobi stage and asked to hand over cash.

“She refused to surrender the money from her closed counter and one of the suspects pumped bullets into her tummy in succession before taking off,” said an eye witness.

The crime site is in Makueni County and the local residents claimed police patrols are common around the area.

The victim runs several money outlets at the Nairobi Stage which include; Mpesa, KCB and Equity agencies. Nothing was stolen in the incident.

The deceased lived in the Kajiado side of Sultan Hamud and is known personality to the Maa community in the area.

In the second incident, believed to have been carried out by the same thugs, no one was injured when they stormed into a Mpesa outlet and demanded the money.

Eyewitnesses said the operator shouted for help on spotting the gangsters and as people surrounded the area the criminals escaped into the darkness.

In the absence of an official police statement on the matter, the residents are now calling on Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to beef up security in Sultan and Emali and also post competent officers ready to work with the local people in stemming insecurity.

Meanwhile, Makueni county commissioner Mohammed Maalim, says police officers have launched a manhunt for the suspects.

However, Maalim contradicted himself when he said the Sultan Hamud was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital on Thursday night and yet the body of the woman was spotted by journalists at the local police station on Friday morning.

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