Two suspects arraigned, remanded over Mt Elgon killings

Alex Juma and Cleophas Sichei appear before Bungoma Magistrate Gabriel Omondi over their involvement in Mt Elgon killings, March 12, 2018. /JOHN NALIANYA
Alex Juma and Cleophas Sichei appear before Bungoma Magistrate Gabriel Omondi over their involvement in Mt Elgon killings, March 12, 2018. /JOHN NALIANYA

Two men linked to the deadly Mt Elgon killings appeared in court on Monday but did not plead to charges.

There was tight security in and outside the courtroom as Alex Juma and Cleophas Sichei faced Bungoma Magistrate Gabriel Omondi.

Prosecutor Monica Nyakiba said Juma and Sichei will face charges of

murder, robbery with violence, rape ,malicious destruction of property and causing grievous harm.

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The suspects did not take plea as Nyakiba asked the court for more time for investigations.

These are crimes that require thorough investigations, she said, adding:

“These are people with no fixed aboard

and who should not be given bond. They have been on the run."

Juma and Sichei objected the prosecution's request noting they were already in court and ready to carry on with the case.

The court ordered that they be held at

Bungoma GK Prison until March 19.

Juma was arrested in Swam village of Eastern Uganda

while on the run.

He is said to be the second in command after

Timothy Kitai alias Cheparakach who is the suspected mastermind of attacks that have caused national concern.

Police say a gang of 17 has killed or injured at least 35 people and raped some of the women.

The government placed a Sh1 million bounty on Kitali and a

special police unit has launched an operation in the area.

To end the crime wave in Mt Elgon, Interior Cabinet Secretary

Fred Matiang'i declared a 6pm to 6am curfew but there have been objections, some saying a curfew is not the best approach.

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