The notorious gang Sungusungu that operates in Kisii county struck on Friday at Masimba Village, senselessly killing one person and seriously injuring two over what residents termed as a revenge mission, the diseased was identified as a Mr. Monari Masagara. The attack left the villagers in shock.
According to locals, its alleged that Mr Monari bought a piece of land from Mr Jackson Matingei who is suspected to be a member of Sungu Sungu. For almost a year now, both have been having a disagreement on how the land deal should be closed and the title deed transferred to Mr. Monari. Its understood that Mr. Matingei was unwilling to sign the land transfer documents even after being paid the agreed price and related fees prompting Mr. Monari to report the matter to the Police and area Chief.
It is believed that Matingei was angered by the move to report the matter to the police, he thereafter started issuing threats to Monari. Matingei preferred the matter to be taken to Sungu Sungu who arbitrates this kind of cases
On Friday before midnight the Sungu Sungu invaded the home of Mr. Monari using crude weapons and drugged him outside and hacked him to death accusing him of Witchcraft.
“Witchcraft and stealing has been effectively used by this group to intimidate or eliminate the people whom they disagree with or they don’t want” a villager told this reporter. “Honestly no body can convince us that Monari was a witchcraft, we all know who he is, he loved people and mobilized the community for common good, we all loved him” added one of the resident who requested anonymity.
This is not the first case of Sungu Sungu killing on accusation in the area, the residents have quietly complained of being manipulated by the gang, some villagers have formed vigilante groups to counter the gang as Police protection is not guaranteed. Residents have urged the government to set up a police station in the area and also increase the number of Administration Police officer the in the Chief’s camp.
The family of Mr. Monari is in deep pain and trying to come in to terms to what happened to their loved one and are now living in fear. At the time of going to press there was no official statement from the area police.