The officers manning the Bungoma Police Station in Bungoma town are on the spot after 11 suspected criminals escaped from their custody on Sunday.
According to a report released on Sunday by the police, the said suspects allegedly drilled a hole out of their cell wall before escaping the establishment during the night incident.
The shocking drama has sent shock-waves to the residents after it emerged that part of the escapees are hardcore suspects that allegedly shot dead renown businessman Michael Gacheche.
Security agents in Bungoma have launched a manhunt for 10 hard-core criminals who escaped from Bungoma Central Police Station.
Another suspect – Isaac Wekesa – was arrested after being shot in the thigh as he tried to escape.
Those who escaped included Brian Ochieng Onyango and John Wanyonyi who have been charged with robbery with violence for killing “Cheche’ and stealing Sh2 million from him on the night og June 6, 2020.
Others who escaped are Clerkson Otieno – a burglary suspect and Simon Wekesa who is facing assault charges.
Also on the run are Collins Juma Nyukuri, Alex Simiyu Muyekho, Bramwel Barasa, Pascal Kiberenge Namasaka, Emmanuel Wakoko and John Barasa Wekesa.
Residents drawn from all corners of the town on Monday paralysed traffic after they staged peaceful protests to condemn the escape, with some accusing the police of laxity in guarding the suspects.
Bungoma County human right activist Philip Wanyonyi asked the interior and coordination of national government Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to push for a speedy investigation into the murder of a prominent businessman and the subsequent escape of the key suspects.
“Let Matiang’i and Mutyambai move with speed and transfer all officers at Bungoma police station who might have slept on their jobs, we are demanding for justice, there is no way the key suspects who are also very dangerous can escape from a police cell, we are reading a sinister motive,” Wanyonyi was quotes as saying by Bungoma Online.
The family of the diseased also joined the protests, asking for justice to prevail following the death of their kin who was a bread winner. Led by widow Mrs Anne Karuga, the family raised flags i the manner the police were handling the case, among them, transferring the case to Mt Elgon without due explanation.
The family has now asked the police to intensify security as their lives are endangered with the escape of the duo.
“As a family we are fear for our lives because the main suspects are out, if they can drill the hole in a lawful custody what stops them from attacking us, we are demanding for the speedy launch of their manhunt and subsequent arrest because we aren’t safe at all,” the widow told the press in a briefing.
Bungoma South OCPD Willison Nanga on Sunday said that a combined team from the station and the DCI are combing the area and that the escapees were sighted running towards a nearby bush next to an airstrip.
“We are calling upon the residents to volunteer any information to the police because these are hard-core criminals,” he said.
He said the suspect who was shot in the thigh was recaptured and was later taken to Bungoma Referral Hospital where he was admitted in a stable condition.
The police boss warned that anybody who will be found aiding the suspects on the run will also be apprehended.