Lubya Ronald Joseph in this undated photo filed on 5th June, 2017. He was killed by unknown gunmen in his house in Mumias, Bungoma county photo:courtesy
Police are investigating the motive behind the killing of a senior Mumias Sugar Company official.
Armed gunmen shot and killed the company’s legal manager and secretary, Ronald Lubya, at his home in Lukusi village, Matungu sub-county, on Sunday night.
The three masked men ambushed Mr Lubya in his compound and shot him once in the head. Reports indicate that two of the assailants were dressed in police uniform.
Lubya was with his wife at their new home when the gunmen attacked at around 10pm.
After the shooting, the men stole household goods and the family vehicle, a Toyota Harrier, which they used as their getaway car.
The motive of the killing is yet to be established but Lubya is said to have reported to the company security officer that his life was in danger. He reportedly said there were people who wanted to harm him regarding company transactions, and were demanding money from him.
Osman Wesonga, a relative, said Lubya had arrived from Nairobi on Sunday evening and gone to refill a gas cylinder in Bungoma town before returning home.
“His wife was preparing supper when her husband stepped outside only to be confronted by three gunmen who shot him in the head and dragged him to the house, which they ransacked for documents and cash,” said Mr Wesonga.
The assailants also beat up Lubya’s wife and tied her up with a rope.
“They then removed their masks and asked if she knew them but she said she did not,” he said.
The attackers feasted on the family dinner and some alcohol they found in the house before escaping.
Samuel Wafula, a neighbour who helped rush Lubya to a nearby dispensary, said he heard screams at midnight of someone asking for help.
“I looked for a motorcycle and took him to Mayoni Dispensary for first aid before he was transferred to St Mary’s Hospital in Mumias, where he died minutes later,” Mr Wafula said.
Western Regional Police Commander Moses Ombati said investigations had commenced and appealed to the public to volunteer any information that could help to identify and arrest the suspects.
Mr Ombati said all leads were being pursued.
“We are exploring every angle of this murder because the deceased had built a new house after buying land in the area,” he said.
National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principal and Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi claimed the killing was linked to the August 8 General Election.
Mr Mudavadi claimed he had information that some company officials were under pressure to release money to fund campaigns.
“We want a thorough investigation into the murder,” said Mudavadi.
Kholera sub-chief Simon Manda said the attackers might have a laid ambush for the sugar company official outside his house.
“The attackers might have entered the compound early. The deceased had just arrived from Nairobi at around 2pm but was attacked at night. They stabbed him with a knife, shot him in the head and then dragged him into the house,” Mr Manda said.
“They tied the woman’s hands and legs. They ate the food she had cooked and stole a TV, laptop, mobile phones and some documents,” he said.
The stolen vehicle was later found abandoned near Kabula Police Station.
The body is at the St Marys Hospital mortuary in Mumias where a postmortem will be conducted.
Lubya joined Mumias on July 1, 2015. Before then, he worked for various organisations including The Standard Group.