By Antony Gitonga and Osinde Obare
There was drama in Naivasha after a prison warder was cornered moments after allegedly stealing charcoal stoves from a jua kali artisan.
Gunshots rent the air as more than ten warders moved in to rescue their colleague who was on the verge of being lynched.
Panic gripped the more than 100 artisans, who scampered to safety as the warders sprinted the bleeding suspect to safety.
Drama started when a trader realised that some of her wares were missing.
Soon after, a handcart pusher was nabbed trying to ferry the stolen wares. He said the loot belonged to the warder.
A witness, Mr Benson Mbugua, said the warder could not explain how he got the stoves.
"Angered by his actions, we decided to teach him a lesson," he said.
Naivasha OCPD Willy Lugusa said his officers were investigating the incident.
"I am aware of the case and we are investigating it to establish the circumstances before taking any action," he said.
Elsewhere, a Standard Eight candidate escaped rape but her tormentor was unlucky after enraged wananchi lynched him.
The attacker was said to be the ringleader of a gang that had robbed Lukhuna village in Trans-Nzoia West District.
However, after the robbery, the suspect dragged the girl to a nearby bush.
While they struggled, a villager emerged and wrestled him to the ground.
Residents responded to distress calls and attacked the man with crude weapons before setting him ablaze as his accomplices escaped with the loot.