Yesterday, a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Sergeant was clobbered to death by an angry mob in Nairobi Utawala Estate. The sergeant was heading home with a colleague after celebrating Christmas in town. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has made an arrest already.
The full details regarding what transpired is not yet clear, but according to the DCI, the KDF Sergeant was heading home after celebrating his Merry Christmas in town. He was in company of a friend who is also a colleague.
Along the way, the KDF Sergeant with his buddy came across a couple on a rendezvous & the deceased greeted the lady much to the disgust of her fiancé. An argument ensued culminating to a stone throwing match pitting the couple on one side and the Sergeant leading the charge on the other.
When the couple was overpowered, they raised alarm screaming for help claiming that they had been attacked by robbers. As a result, a mob of six men came to the couple’s aid and clobbered the Sergeant to death. His buddy escaped by a whisker.
Detectives have since arrested five suspects in connection with the murder of the KDF sergeant. They (suspects) will be arraigned in court on Monday to answer to their crimes.
Cases of mob justice have been on the rise lately in Kenya. In fact, a report released by police in 2011 indicated that more than 543 cases of mob lynching had been reported across the country.
With 133, Nairobi had the highest number of reported cases, followed by Nyanza 108, Western 95, Central 83, Eastern 48, Rift Valley 41 and Coast 35. North Eastern province had no case of mob injustice reported.
Further, within the first seven months of 2013, some 335 people had reportedly been killed by a mob. The numbers indicate at least 47 people were killed each month by a mob dispensing the so called instant justice.
Sources within the police say that since 2013 they had stopped recording the incidents, a fact which is confirmed by crime reports subsequently released.