WE ALL make mistakes, and Patrol Officer Bruce (BWP) Burge was no exception.
He was engaged on a routine task, revising the census in Baira village, when he heard about tribal fighting in which two people had been killed.
Accompanied by his small detachment of five police, he crossed to the left bank of the Lamari River to Atiera village, but by the time he got there the death toll had increased.
Four Obura and two more Atiera warriors had been killed.
That evening, Burge tried to convince the Atiera men that they should accompany him to Obura village to make peace. The next morning, when they refused to do so, he arrested the luluai and another man.
All hell broke loose; the Atiera warriors launched a fusillade of arrows at the patrol and the police returned fire.
Burge then made his second mistake.