In Summary
  • The assistant chief is being treated at Kitale County Referral Hospital.
  • Police recovered a bow and arrow suspected to have been used to attack the assistant chief.
  • They have launched a manhunt for the suspect.

An administrator in Trans-Nzoia County was shot with an arrow in the back on Wednesday evening during a crackdown on illicit brew.

Mr Julius Sabatia, the assistant chief of Kabolet Sub-Location, was rushed to the Kitale County Referral Hospital where he is receiving treatment.


According to Mr Sabatia, he knows his attacker – an illicit brewer. He said the man has been arrested many times over illicit brew.

"We have been arresting him most of the time but he has never stopped. So I was on a crackdown operation in the area when I decided to visit his home at around 5pm. He was in the company of his customers when I asked him why he has never heeded our calls to stop [illicit brew trade] – it was on a lighter note," he told the Nation at the hospital.

"He could not answer my question so I decided to leave, only to feel a sharp pain in the back. When I checked I realised that an arrow had pierced my flesh. I immediately tried to remove the arrow to avoid being poisoned while I screamed for help," he recalled.


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