Police launch investigations into murder of Kitale businessman

Police have launched investigations into the murder of Kitale businessman who was shot on Sunday night at his house.

Jacob Omondi, 62, was shot four times in the chest by a gang of armed thugs who raided his home.

Trans Nzoia county police Commander Ayub Gitonga Ali confirmed the incident.

The suspected assailants are believed to have followed Omondi from Kitale Town and are said to have found him feeding his pets outside the house before opening fire on him, leaving him in a pool of blood. 

Police however, stated that they had not yet ascertained the motive behind the businessman’s killing.

Omondi is a dealer in spray painting and panel beating and though the motive of his killing is not yet established, spend cartridges left behind and some clothes may lead to the arrest of the assailants.

A relative of the deceased stated that the gang may have known the businessman as depicted from an argument which ensued moments before he was murdered.

“When I rushed out to see what had happened, I found his body lying in a pool of blood.

“He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. He succumbed to the gunshot wounds,” the relative stated.

Area Chief Julius Onyancha urged residents to share any information concerning the businessman’s death or any other information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects.

A report by the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) dated May 2020, identified Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Meru as the most insecure counties in Kenya.

According to the 2018 Annual Crime Report released by the National Police Service (NPS), Nairobi County was the murder capital leading with 235 homicides, followed by Nakuru 171, Kiambu 142, Meru 139, Kilifi 125, Machakos 109, Kisii 108 and Murang’a 100.

On Tuesday, September 8, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i launched a cleanup process targeting illegal gun owners. This was after murder cases became rampant in the country.
CS Matiang’i affirmed that he was restructuring the country’s firearms licensing regime and urged illegal riffle holders to surrender their weapons.

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