A manhunt was launched for two Kenya Defence Forces' soldiers who descended on an unsuspecting man, brutally battering him and sending him into a coma.
A report by The Standard on Saturday, February 29, detailed that Geoffrey Korir, the 25-year-old victim, was battling for his life after the soldiers beat him up at a market in Sotik, Bomet County on Thursday, February 27.
Sotik Sub-county Police Commander Francis Nganga confirmed the incident, stating that the police were after the soldiers.
"No one is above the law, we are looking for them," Nganga stated.
Residents who witnessed the incident, which happened at Chebole Trading Centre, angered the witnessed who demonstrated against them, stating that they could not establish the reason as to why the soldier's manhandled the man.
"The soldiers are known to us. They live here in Sotik. They were violent and rowdy," Noah Langat, a resident lamented.
The irate residents on Thursday, February 27, barricaded the busy Sotik-Narok Highway demanding for the arrest of the soldiers.
"We have given information about the duo to the police. Every time the two soldiers are around, they beat up young men they find on their way after a drinking spree," Langat lamented.
"We have no peace; the two attack us, saying police cannot arrest them," John Kirui, Chebole Business Community vice chairman added.
Incidents of soldiers beating up local residents have been in the spotlight for many years.
Residents claimed that young KDF soldiers manhandled them, forcing them into undertaking degrading acts.
The soldiers allegedly forced residents to sit in mud puddles and one Mwangole Chikore claimed that he was forced to swim inside filthy sewage for about 10 minutes.
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