A suspected shoplifter was on Friday lynched by the staff of a supermarket in Bomet over allegations of stealing shoe polish worth Sh1, 500.
The 23-year-old was reportedly beaten to death by Green Rose Supermarket workers for allegedly stealing a box of shoe polish, resulting in his demise.
The police said that the deceased was taken to the station by two employees who claimed that he had been beaten by members of the public, contrary to accounts from witnesses.
Confirming the incident, Bomet County Police Commander said that the deceased died while being treated at the Bomet sub-county Hospital.
“We will take necessary action against the attackers as no one should take the law into their hands,” she told the Nation.
The supermarket was closed moments later after angry residents stormed it seeking answers on the alleged murder, with witnesses claiming to have seen the entire ordeal.
Area human rights and political activist Tyson Saitoti challenged the supermarket to come clear on the issue.
“The management owes the public an explanation as a CCTV footage of the attack has not been availed for perusal. It cannot be business as usual for the management,” he said.
The supermarket’s owner Kibet Cheruiyot and acting manager Jennifer Chelangat refused to comment on the issue.