Former Kisumu All-Stars player arrested in brutal Kondele robbery and murder case

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Former Kisumu All-Stars player arrested in brutal Kondele robbery and murder case

Festus Chuma 07:50 - 04.05.2024

Former Kisumu All-Stars player arrested after AK47 linked to violent robbery and murder in Kondele, Kisumu County, was recovered.

Former Kisumu All-Stars footballer Byron Billy Owuor has been arrested in connection with a violent robbery that led to the murder of a businesswoman in the Kondele area of Kisumu County. 

The 26-year-old midfielder was apprehended along with another suspect for their alleged roles in a crime that has shocked the local community.

Police authorities confirmed that they seized an AK47 gun and 36 rounds of live ammunition linked to the January 27 incident. 

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the weapon was used to fatally shoot Grace Awino Adero who operated an M-Pesa shop with her husband. 

The assailants attacked the couple, making off with the day's earnings and killing Mrs. Adero, while her husband narrowly survived the encounter.

"The cold-blooded killers, believed to be part of a larger gang, fled the scene on an unmarked motorcycle, retreating to a hideout in Kasagam," stated the DCI. 

Hours later, a suspicious saloon car was located by the Kasagam police during a routine patrol. Upon searching the vehicle, officers discovered a homemade pistol and four mobile phones, alongside an AK47 rifle without its magazine.

"The investigation revealed that the rifle had been obtained illegally from Uganda," the DCI noted.

The case took a significant turn when detectives identified Robert Wakolo Okoth, also known as Michael Osama, as the alleged mastermind behind the syndicate's criminal activities. 

Following this lead, a coordinated sting operation was conducted at Osama's residence near Rai Primary School in Kasagam. During the raid, Osama's 17-year-old brother, also believed to be a gang member, was arrested.

"The items recovered from the house include an AK47 magazine loaded with ammunition, six rounds of .38 special ammunition typically used in pistols, and five ID cards from different individuals," detailed the DCI statement. 

A green camouflage bag and a Kenya Armed Forces Comrades Association card were also found, pointing to the serious nature of the gang’s operations.

With the arraignment at the Winam Senior Principal Magistrate's Court, detectives have been granted an additional 14 days to wrap up their investigation. 

The focus now turns to capturing the remaining gang members whose identities have been uncovered but remain at large.

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