Police in Narok South Sub-county have launched a manhunt for a man who hacked his friend to death in Kibra Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Tendwet area on Monday evening after they differed over a debt of an unknown amount.
Narok South Sub-county Police Commander Ms Magdalene Chebet said the suspect who has been identified as Shadrack Kiplangat had attacked his friend Amos Rono, 24 with a sharp object whereupon the deceased sustained a deep cut in the throat and died on the spot.
She said the suspect who is on the run went to the deceased’s house at around 8:00 pm and demanded to be paid an undisclosed amount of money, which the deceased owed him. He started an argument with the deceased where a scuffle ensued at which point Kiplangat slashed Rono in the throat and fled leaving him lying in a pool of blood.
Police visited the scene and found the deceased having breathed his last and moved the body to Longisa Hospital Mortuary in Bomet county pending postmortem and further investigations into the incident. The murder weapon was also not recovered.
The said IDP camp houses people who were evicted from Mau forest in 2018 and 2019. Cases of murder have been on the increase in the Narok County
At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March last year, the Kenya government adopted strict measures to counter the spread of the Covid-19 virus, this led to an economic strain that caused mental stress in families as means of live hoods were disrupted.
According to a police crime report, murder is still one of the leading crimes committed in Kenya every year, second only to carjacking and puts Kenya at position 10 on the list of countries with the highest crime rates in the world.