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- Villagers said the suspect was angry because the family had leased the farm, which he claimed belongs to him, without his knowledge.
A farmer in Bungoma is counting loses after a military officer set ablaze his sugarcane plantation.
Villagers said the suspect was angry because the farmer had leased the farm, which he claimed belongs to him, without his knowledge.
Villagers and neighbours, who spoke to the press, said the officer declined to resolve the matter in a diplomatic manner and instead set the farm on fire and uprooted all the cane claiming the land belongs to him.
Area chief Charles Mabele said the suspect, identified as Mark Libale Nampambali, became rowdy and threatened to beat anyone who urged him to stop burning down the crops.
Mr Mabele claimed the suspect also threatened police officers who arrived at the scene.
The victim, Michael Wechuli, said he had lost over Sh200, 000 which he had invested in the farm. Mr Wechuli said he leased the farm from some clan members of Abalonja in Watawang’a village.
Bungoma South police boss Wilson Nanga confirmed the incident adding that no one is above the law. He said a complaint against the military man has been opened.