SEEKING JUSTICE

Police urged to arrest killers of four Siaya security guards

Mourners say the police are taking too long to apprehend suspects

In Summary

• George Agara, Patrick Oduor, Theodore Ochieng and Benard Odhiambo were murdered by thugs who invaded Siranga market on August 23, 2021.

• Caroline Opunde, who lost her brother in the attack, said her family feels let down by the police.

Leaders and relatives of the four Siaya security guards who were murdered in Siranga, Ugenya, want police to arrest the killers.

Ugenya parliamentary hopeful Daniel Odhiambo and MP David Ochieng joined the families of the victims in pushing for justice for the slain watchmen.

The four – George Agara, Patrick Oduor, Theodore Ochieng and Benard Odhiambo – were murdered by thugs who invaded Siranga market on August 23, 2021.

They were buried last Saturday.

Siaya county police commander Michael Muchiri said the attackers stole property of unknown value from various shops within the trading centre.

During the emotional send-off of the four, relatives of the guards condemned the killings and accused the police of dragging their feet over the matter. They said the police are taking too long to arrest suspects.

Caroline Opunde, who lost her brother in the attack, said her family feels let down by the police.

"Why do they keep promising us that they have obtained crucial leads and fail to get even one suspect arrested?" she asked.

On Wednesday, Odhiambo, who paid the funeral expenses and gave Sh25,000 to each of the affected families, promised to follow up on the matter until justice is served.

"We want to appeal to the police to ensure that those behind the killings are apprehended," he said.

Odhiambo also appealed to members of the public who may have useful information regarding the incident to avail the same to the police.

"Let us cooperate with the investigators to help them bring the culprits to book," he said.

During the burial, MP Ochieng intensified calls on the police to bring the perpetrators to book.

"If the OCPD is the problem, we will have that fixed, and if it is the DCIO or the chief, then we will have that fixed too so that we can ensure we have security here," he said.

During the funeral service at Siranga Primary School, Ugenya OCPD Willy Simba and assistant county commissioner Rufas Kihara promised that the suspects would be arrested in due course.

On Wednesday, the OCPD told the Star that all police officers who were based at Siranga police post at the time of the attack had been transferred. The post had five officers.

"We are still following some crucial leads. We shall arrest the suspects soon. Five officers who were at Siranga were all transferred and new ones were brought in to replace them after the incident," he said.

Edited by A.N