An angry mob on Monday evening torched five houses of two men accused of stealing a bull in Homa Bay county.
The first incident took place in Upper Kayambo Location in NDhiwa sub-county where irate villagers burnt four houses belonging to a suspect and his brother at Amanda village while the second incident took place in the neighbouring Mbita sub-county.
The villagers torched the houses after the suspect was caught trying to sell a bull that had been stolen from Kamato Pundo village in Lambwe West location to a slaughterhouse in Ndhiwa.
“The suspect had taken the bull to a slaughterhouse in Ndhiwa town when the mob followed him and recovered the bull, as the suspect escaped,” said a witness.
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The suspect managed to escape prompting the mob to proceed to his Amanda village where they burned two houses and another two belonging to his brother.
Confirming the incident, Upper Kayambo Location Chief Samuel Oswago said the family members fled the home during the incident.
“The suspect’s first and second wives’ houses were burnt down. But they burnt his brother’s house out of anger,” said Oswago.
After burning the houses in Upper Kayambo, the angry villagers proceeded to Kamato village in Lambwe West and torched the houses of the suspect’s accomplice.
Lambwe West Senior Chief Daniel Obure said the suspect and his family fled their home during the incident.
The administrators have cautioned members of the public against taking the law into their hands.
Ndhiwa Sub-county Police Commander Robert Aboki said they had begun investigating the matter.
He said they were still looking for the suspects.
“We will take legal action against the suspects. Let residents co-operate with police by divulging information about the incident,” Aboki said.