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Migori traders and residents raise alarm as shops, church attacked

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By Anne Atieno | September 9th 2021
Ezekiel Morara a watchman at Mama Yao Supermarket at Namba Junction in Suna west Sub-County is nursing injuries after he was attacked by robbers who stole three motor bikes and spare parts from a neighboring shop. [Caleb Kingwara, Standard]

Traders and residents of Migori County have expressed fears over recent attacks targeting churches and shops during curfew hours.

Ezekiel Marara, a watchman at a supermarket in Migori town was attacked and three motorbikes and spare parts valued at Sh560,000 stolen. “They attacked me using machetes and other crude weapons,” Marara said.

Marara, who was speaking from Migori Referral Hospital where he was receiving treatment, said he had sustained head and back injuries.

Henry Otieno, a manager from whose shop motorbikes were stolen told The Standard that a CCTV footage captured the incident.

“As traders and investors, we are worried that cases of insecurity have been on the increase in Migori town,” Otieno said.

Meanwhile, a church in Migori town was broken into over the weekend. George Othina, an official at Maranatha Faith Assemblies in Migori town, said thugs broke into the church and the nearby Abison Recording Studio and stole electronics and furniture.

John Chacha, the proprietor of Mnati Bar in Kehancha town said lack of security lights and impassable back roads had increased muggings and break-ins.

While speaking to the press in Migori town yesterday, Migori County Police Commander Mark Wanjala said they had increased police patrols during curfew hours.

“We have enhanced patrols, but because of the curfew it is easier for criminals to notice police coming from far and then hide. To be more effective we have asked watchmen and residents to alert police for rapid response,” Mr Wanjala said.

He said in places where theft had been reported, they had launched investigations.

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