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Chiefs attacked while on illicit brew raid

RIFT VALLEY
By Gilbert Kimutai | September 20th 2019

Two assistant chiefs from Konoin in Bomet County have been admitted in critical condition at Longisa County Referral Hospital.

They were attacked while on an illicit brew raid.

Sotit assistant chief Philip Chelule and his Taboino counterpart Joel Mutai suffered head injuries.

The assistant chiefs were in the company of three colleagues during the operation at Kitala village in Cheptalal.

Bomet County Commissioner Geoffrey Omonding said the assistant chiefs stormed a brewing den and arrested two suspects.

Omonding said residents raised alarm and started attacking the chiefs.

“The group ambushed the chiefs before freeing the suspects,” said Omonding.

One suspect was arrested.

Chelule sustained a deep cut on his head and elbow, while Mutai suffered bruises and a swollen forehead.

Cheptalal location in Konoin, where the incident occurred, is notorious for illicit brew sale.

Two months ago a brewer was arrested with more than 200 liters of illicit brew.

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