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One of the three men hacked to death by villagers in Kilifi was a renowned dairy farmer

Police officers in Kilifi County are investigating an incident where three men were on Wednesday, July 7 killed by locals in Junju area.

In the 8 pm incident, the three people – two Kenyans of Indian and a local land agent – had reportedly travelled to the area to inspect a piece of land, when villagers confronted them.

According to Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata, the villagers suspected that the three ‘strangers’ were kidnappers on the prowl. The trio tried to plead with the villagers that they were looking for land to buy, but the villagers did not believe them.

The mob descended on them, hacking them to death before setting the vehicle they were travelling ablaze.

The burnt-out shell of the car the three people were using. PHOTO/ COURTESY.

Kilifi South Sub-County Police Commander Mohamed Wako says that the victims had deep cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies. Three people have so far been arrested in connection to the brutal murders.

He was renown farmer in the area [Kilifi]

One of those killed on that fateful day has been identified as Sidik Sumra, a well-known, successful dairy farmer in the area. He is the owner of Sumra Dairy Farm situated at Kikambala–Amkeni in Kilifi County.

He was thrust into the limelight in August 2016, when his animals won different categories during the Mombasa Show.

During the annual event, Sidik entered his four cows into different categories. He had entered Boti, a then six-year-old cross-breed of a pure Friesian cow and a pure Brown Swiss bull, in the cross-breed category for large and small scale farmers. Boti, weighing 450kg, won the cross-breed category, and the overall ‘Cow of the Show’ category.

“It was a dream come true for my animals to win at the event. I could not believe that I was also the overall top dairy farmer as I was participating in the Mombasa Show for the first time,” a delighted Sidik, then 42, said in an interview with Daily Nation.

The next day, he was presented with the top honours trophy by President Uhuru Kenyatta after officially opening the show.

Sumra receives the trophy from President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO/ COURTESY.
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