By Osinde Obare
Preliminarily investigations by police indicate that the grenades had been smuggled from a neighbouring country and were to be used to wreak havoc at a church in Umoja Estate, Nairobi.
Kitale OCPD Luca Ogara said the suspects were apprehended at a guest house they had booked into on Saturday morning.
He added that the arsenal could cause serious destruction if activated, including bringing down a ‘big’ building.
“The weapons had been smuggled into the country from a neighboring country and were to be detonated at a church in Umoja Estate on Sunday,” said the OCPD.
Ogara said the recovered powder had been dispatched to Nairobi for chemical analysis while bomb experts have been invited to probe the grenades.
“We acted on a tip-off from the public and raided the hotel within Kitale town and managed to arrest the two suspects aged between 25 and 30,” said Ogara.
Mr Protus Ochieng, the manager of the guest house confirmed that one of the suspects had booked a room and said he would rest for a few hours before travelling to Nairobi.
It is alleged that the suspect left the room after an hour and returned later accompanied by his accomplice.
Ochieng added that he raised concern when a third man arrived and walked straight into the suspects’ room and asked the men to check out of the room as they had exceeded the time limit given.