Police are investigating the killing of a Member of County Assembly (MCA) and a parliamentary aspirant who were on Saturday morning shot inside a bar in Marigat town, Baringo County, as violence escalated in the region.
Loyamorok MCA Fredrick Cheretei, elected through the United Republican Party and Mr Symon Kitambaa, who had declared his intention to vie for Tiaty parliamentary, seat were killed by the assassins who appeared to have been on a mission to eliminate them at T-Junction Bar and Restaurant.
Although the two attackers only targeted the duo despite being in a group of revellers during the 12.30am incident, other patrons scampered for safety.
After the other revellers ran away, the attackers got time to burn the MCA’s car which was parked outside the bar before smashing the windscreen of Mr Kitambaa’s car. They also stole money from the bar’s counter before disappearing into the night.
Following the attack, tension gripped the town as residents feared that there could be a hit gang targeting popular politicians ahead of the August General Election.
The aspirant was a popular engineer in Tiaty and was seeking to trounce local Member of Parliament Asman Kamama who is seeking re-election on Jubilee Party ticket.