- Shompole Market is regarded as the epicenter for buying and selling livestock for the pastoralist communities in South Rift.
- Traders travel for miles from both Kenya and Tanzania to sell their livestock in Shompole, therefore a target for robbers.
- Detectives recovered a loaded AK-47 rifle from the suspects.
Detectives based in Kajiado West Sub-County on Wednesday, October 21 evening arrested three robbery with violence suspects, who have been terrorising residents in the area.
The three, who are all foreigners from a neighbouring country, were nabbed following an incident where they shot at a lorry, forcing it to stop.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) report says the lorry was heading towards Shompole Market and seven individuals lost thousands of shillings and their mobile phones.
The sleuths recovered a loaded AK-47 rifle and some other items that had been stolen from the victims from a motor vehicle (Reg No. KBA 626Q) the suspects were traveling in.
“The three suspects; Boniface Lesagi, Joseph Ole Ntito, and Lekina Monoi are in lawful custody awaiting arraignment,” says DCI.
Why Shompole Market is a target
The Shompole Market is regarded as the epicenter for buying and selling livestock for the pastoralist communities in South Rift. Livestock traders travel all the way from Tanzania to sell their animals, as businessmen from Nairobi buy livestock in bulk.
The suspects are believed to have been targeting pastoralist traders who have transacted business, and therefore robbing them of their hard-earned money.