A bull has been ‘detained’ at the Khayega police post in Kakamega County after
it trampled a woman to death on Friday last week.
The owner of the bull was arrested and is currently in custody as police carry out
investigations into the incident
The animal nicknamed ‘Tusker’ reportedly broke loose and charged at three women
from Lutoto village and trampled one of them to
death as the owner, Josphat Bilimo was driving it back home from a match last Friday.
The 60-year-old woman identified as Felistus Luda is reported to have been attacked
by the bull as she attempted to flee from the scene.
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Mr. Bonaventure Munanga, the director of the Kakamega County Bullfighting
Association, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday,
July 5, said the bull caught up with a woman as she attempted to flee to safety.
“The woman could not run fast enough since she had sustained an injury in accident
and she was unfortunately killed by the bull,” said Mr. Munanga.
Kakamega East sub-county police commander Mr. Robert Makau told Nation. Africa
that police were called in to rescue the bull
from villagers who wanted to slash it to death and share its meat.
“The DCIO is handling the investigations. The owner of the bull will appear in court
on Thursday to face charges related to negligence in handling the animal,” said Mr
Mr. Munanga said the owner of the bull tried to negotiate with the family of the
woman so that they could settle the matter out of court.
“He agreed to meet the burial expenses, but villagers were planning to attack the bull
and kill it as dictated by tradition.
The bull is supposed to be killed and the meat shared out to be eaten,” said Mr
Munanga. The incident has brought to light the issue of safety relating to the popular
bullfighting spot which draws huge crowds in the western region.
Mr. Munanga said he had convened a meeting with the owners of bulls to discuss
safety during bullfighting matches in Kakamega County.