February 17, 2020

Interior CS Matiang’i creates special police unit

A new special police unit has been created to curb crime in parts of the country.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i created the police unit to operate in Nyamira and Kisii counties.

Giving the executive order on Monday, CS Matiang’i lamented that the security officials in the areas had failed in their responsibilities.

The interior CS formed the team after increased number of abductions and killings in the areas, highlighting the case of a particular elderly woman.

60-year-old Esther Oyugi was abducted from her home in early March and a chief was charged as one of the suspects in the abduction and possible killing.

According to a local daily, Frederick Nyambati, one of the suspects in the case, told police that they had been hired at Sh2,500 to kill the woman.

He, however, claimed that he was left out when the alleged execution happened and as such did not know where the woman had been buried by the other assailants.

The unsolved cases pushed Matiang’i to involve the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), George Kinoti.

The new unit was also tasked to probe a new criminal gang dubbed ‘sungu sungu’.

Residents accused the criminal group of executing its own form of justice instead of aiding in community policing as it was formed for that purpose.

The CS who has recently been under fire following the deportation of lawyer Miguna Miguna, was also on the spot in 2017 for associating himself with a banned criminal gang.

Matiang’i suggested he could order the police to look the other way if Opposition supporters attempted to stop people from voting in the October, 2017 repeat presidential poll.

Addressing a Jubilee rally at Etago trading centre in South Mugirango, Kisii County, the Interior CS warned that he could unleash the ‘Chinkororo’ militia on Opposition supporters.

Speaking in Ekegusii, Matiang’i said: “Is that what you want? Whoever is joking does not know Chinkororo. I am Enkororo from here.”

“We are Chinkororo and nobody can threaten us. You all know we have Chinkororo here. I am the minister for security and I will tell the police to look the other way so that they can slap that person,” he said, a warning widely believed to have been directed at the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

“What can someone tell me, a person who comes from the border,” he went on, amid cheers from the crowd.

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