By Sammy Jakaa and Francis Ontomwa
Police have arrested a long distance truck driver and his turn boy in Malaba border on suspicion of human trafficking. The two were nabbed on Friday on the Malaba-Bungoma highway ferrying a Somali citizen suspected to be in the country illegally.
Teso OCPD Elphas Korir said the 22-year-old woman identified as Zarah Hussein was found hiding in the cabin of the truck.
The woman, who had no valid documents, is suspected to have entered the country illegally.
Mr Korir said members of the public tipped the police when they saw the suspect. The woman could neither speak English nor Kiswahili. “The woman was found in possession of a suitcase with personal belongings.
We tried to interrogate her but she could neither speak English or Kiswahili,” said Korir. The truck was transporting salt from Mombasa to Kampala. The OCPD cautioned truck drivers against carrying passengers without vetting them.
He said drivers found ferrying aliens would face the full force of the law. Western PC James ole Serian recently directed security agencies at the borders to be vigilant and avert attempts by criminals to enter the country.
Elsewhere, criminals broke into the Kakamega Law Courts and stole two computers. Two security guards who were on duty at the time of the incident are helping police with investigations.
Kakamega OCPD Joseph Omijah said Administration police officers assigned to guard the premises were not on duty when the theft occurred. “We are still investigating why the officers were not on duty at the time of the incident,” he said.
Meanwhile, a businessman was killed and his wife and neighbour seriously wounded in a robbery attack at Gitwamba trading Center Trans-Nzoia County.
Moses Ngeiywa, 37 was shot and killed after a gang of four men armed with an AK 47 rifle struck at his business premise.