A police mission to nab chang’aa brewers turned into a tragedy when the officers chased a woman into a river where she drowned.
25-year-old Gladys Jeptoo was on an early morning mission to collect firewood when the police officers pursued her and she fled into the swollen Moiben River in Keiyo where she drowned.
The incident is now being investigated by the DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations).
The incident occurred at Kamaketoi in
Gladys Jeptoo, 25, was looking for firewood not far from her home, according to her father Simon Chesire.
Chesire says that his daughter disappeared at 8am in the morning.
The police officers she encountered her had crossed over from Uasin Gishu County where they were looking for illegal alcohol brewers.
The search for the woman’s body is ongoing, and distraught residents have been looking for her body since Thursday last week when she disappeared.
Eyewitnesses saw her running away from police officers. They also report seeing the officers come back without her.
The flooded river made rescue efforts difficult.
County Commissioner Julius Maiyo said that the woman was likely innocent since they only found a lesso and some firewood at the riverbank.
Heavy rains have made it difficult for the County rescue team and the Kenya Red Cross to retrieve her body.
The rescue efforts will have to be conducted in Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet sides of the river Moiben.