Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has joined the rest of Kenyans in mourning the death of his aide whose body was found dumped at Kamatira forest in West Pokot a day after he was reportedly kidnapped.
On his Twitter page, the Senate Majority Leader condoled with the family of the deceased condemning the murder which had robbed him of a friend and a brother.
The former MCA was reported to have been whisked away on Friday from his Shop in Rock Center in Kimumu, Eldoret town by people believed to be police officers who bundled him into a white Landcruiser Prado before disappearing away.
I am shattered. I am in so much pain. My friend & brother Hon.Pastor.Benson Kiptire former MCA Kapyego has been murdered. Benson was my County Office Liason officer. I am still in utter shock. Please pray for his wife, children and ailing mother.
Pray for us all ! pic.twitter.com/IAVjMiPyAK
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) June 22, 2019
Murkomen condemned the many criminal cases that have escalated in Eldoret town saying the murder of the former MCA was so unfortunate and called on the police to speed up the investigations and bring to book the perpetrators of the crime.
Benson’s death comes barely some few months after the research found out that Eldoret town was leading in Kenya with a higher number of murder and violent crime cases.
The report released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in April 2018 revealed that the number of murder cases recorded nationally increased from 956 in 2017 to 1065 in 2018.
According to the report, the country registered a higher number of murder cases in 2018 varied across High Court stations with the highest number being recorded in Eldoret.
It went on to indicate that there were 90 cases of murder in Eldoret, 88 in Nakuru, 79 in Meru, and 66 in Nairobi, making the urban areas the deadliest for the crime whose conviction attracts capital punishment.
Despite being a growing economic hub, Eldoret town is still encountering a number of criminal cases which is slowly driving away potential investors from the North Rift town.
The recent case in the town that took the whole country by Suprise is that of Ivy Wangeci a student at Moi University school of medicine who was hacked to death by her former boyfriend Naftali Kinuthia, 29, who had travelled from Nairobi to Eldoret just to kill her.
Despite the commendable security measures that have been implemented by the Uasin Gishu county governor Jackson Mandago, the town is still hitting the headlines over unfortunate murder reports.
In January this year, after a tip from the members of the public, police raided a criminal den in the town where they recovered seven stolen vehicles, motor vehicles documents and number plates including those from Uganda.
The criminal gang used to steals cars then dismantles them before selling spare parts to unsuspecting Kenyans.