Pastor who masterminded robberies arrested

A pastor together with his two accomplices was arrested by sleuths who carried out a four-day sting operation after a spate of robberies and murders in Busia county.  

The three had terrorised residents of Nambale town who had lost a number of household goods to violent robberies.

Sleuths set up the sting that nabbed pastor Nicholas Mabiala 32, Maviala Shisanya, 34 and Xavior Ojuma, 32.

They were arrested and interrogated at Nambale Police station. On Thursday 16, September 2021, they led detectives to their hideout where an assortment of goods stolen from robbery victims was recovered.

The goods included music systems, gas cylinders, mobile phones among other valuables suspected to have been stolen.

A 24-year-old woman who was found with a 6kg gas cylinder and a music system believed to have been stolen was also arrested for handling stolen property.

The suspects are currently being processed to face robbery with violence charges.

Meanwhile, a man was stoned to death by an angry mob in Nambale town, after he attempted to sell a chicken and five chicks that he had carefully concealed in a gunnysack.

Collins Omieno, 22, lost his life in the most unorthodox manner, after he failed to prove ownership of the chicken, argued to be the region’s most sought after delicacy.

In the ensuing melee as he tried to prove ownership, word came that some chicken had earlier been stolen in a nearby centre. When Omieno learnt that he had been cornered, he took to his heels as the angry mob chased after him baying for his blood. He ran for dear life for about two kilometres, but the mob pursuing him was unrelenting! They wanted him dead.

Upon reaching cotton ginnery grounds, the crowd caught up with Omieno who was already worn out and could run no more. They descended on him with blows, kicks and all manner of projectiles that they could get hold on, killing him on the spot.

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