figure By DERRICK LUVEGA br Police in Vihiga County are on high alert after a suspect linked to the Sabaot Land Defence Force
(SLDF) was arrested.County Commissioner John Chelimo said the suspect, who had fled from Mt Elgon in Bungoma County, was working as a school watchman.
The current spate of killings has echoes of the carnage by the Sabaot Land Defence Force
, a ragtag militia led by Wycliffe Matakwei that haunted residents between 2005 and 2007, before the Okoa Maisha military operation restored normalcy.
Into this vacuum have stepped tribal gangs including the ethnic Kalenjin Sabaot Land Defence Force
and the Luo Taliban, which was named, according to one member, in honour of its Afghan heroes' "defence of their people and way of life."
People in the Mount Elgon district still face violence from the rebel Sabaot Land Defence Force
(SLDF), nearly two years after it was established, said Medicins Sans Frontieres.
At least 40 people have been killed in the last two months in cases that have revived conversations about the Sabaot Land Defence Force
The killed gangster was identified as Isaac Mukwawa a former commander of the Sabaot Land Defence Force
So who is Cheparkach?A Sabaot elder says the name Cheparkach means he who strikes with a spear to kill.Coincidentally, Mr Cheparkach hails from the same village as former Sabaot Land Defence Force
leader Wycliffe Kirui Matwakei, who was killed at the height of the gang's atrocities in Mt Elgon in 2005.Mr Cheparkach is feared for his criminal exploits.
Bungoma county commissioner Joshua Chepcheng claimed the attacks are by former members of the Sabaot Land Defence Force
. He said they were jailed 10 years ago but were released.
Most are camping at Kapkurongo Primary School for fear of being attacked by suspected members of the outlawed Sabaot Land Defence Force
(SLDF) at the disputed Chebyuk settlement scheme.
Five people were killed in cold blood in Mt Elgon by suspected members of the outlawed Sabaot Land Defence Force
(SLDF) who attacked two villages on Monday night.
Sometimes, members of the old gangs organise and mobilise the new ones, with NCIC study finding that a former member of the proscribed Sabaot Land Defence Forces
was the founder of 40 Brothers, a gang in Bungoma.
About a decade ago, the region was a battle ground for an amorphous group calling itself Sabaot Land Defence Forces
which was demanding for land rights and accused the government of allocating settlement schemes to non-natives.The gang was quelled by military officers and their commander Wycliffe Matakwei killed.