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Senator Joyce Korir’s bodyguard arrested over robbery with violence

The bodyguard of Nominated Senator Joyce Korir and another police officer attached to Kapenguria PoliceSstation were on Thursday arrested in connection to an incident where a businessman was carjacked and robbed of Sh156,000 in Bureti, Kericho County.

Constable Chamdany Kipkirui of Parliament Police Station and Constable Kipyegon Ngetich, who is attached to Huduma Centre Kapenguria, were arrested after investigations linked them to the December 28, 2023 robbery in Bureti Sub-County.

“The two officers and another member of the public were arrested and detained at Litein Police Station pending further interrogation and identification by the complainant and arraignment,” police said in a statement.

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The complainant, Wesley Kimngeno Tonui, said on that day he was driving from his friend’s residence around 3pm when his vehicle was blocked by two vehicles, a Toyota Rav4 and a Toyota Axio.

Seven men, three of them armed with pistols, alighted from both vehicles and introduced themselves as police officers. They then handcuffed and ordered him to board the Rav4 after confiscating his phones.

Two other men boarded his vehicle and all three vehicles were driven towards Bomet via Kaplong direction. They later stopped at a petrol station where his captors gave him back his phone and ordered him to pay for fuel.

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In the process, he disabled the vehicle using car track mobile application, and the car stalled in the middle of the road. It was then that his captors fled the scene and his vehicle was later towed to Bomet Police Station.

The other vehicle took the businessman to Kiptagich area in Mau Forest where they ordered him to transfer all his money from bank account to his mobile phone account for easier withdrawal.

“He had a total of Sh131,000 which he deposited to his mobile account. He was also ordered to call his friends and relatives who later sent him a total of Sh25,000,” the police said.

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He was then taken to an M-Pesa shop where he was forced to withdraw the cash before being ordered to board a motorcycle to Litein. Mr Tonui reported the matter and investigations were launched.

Six suspects were later arrested and charged in a Kericho court where they pleaded not guilty to the charges and granted a bond of Sh1million plus two sureties.

On Thursday, the two officers and another member of public, Kipngetich Rono, were arrested and detained at Litein Police Station pending further interrogation and identification by the complainant.