Residents explain why Matungu killer gang has evaded police dragnet

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Residents of Matungu, Kakamega County are accusing police of taking bribes to clear suspected perpetrators of a spate of killings witnessed in the area for the last three months.

The area has been been on the limelight for more than three months now but the perpetrators have managed to evade the arm of the law.

According to residents, the police and chiefs are reluctant in following the leads given to them. The residents also claim that some of the topmost officials receive bribes to clear arrested suspects.

“The police claim not to have received suspect lists we send to them and we have also learnt that the chiefs take bribes to clear suspects,” an area resident seeking anonymity for security purposes said.

The residents also said the police officers reveal the identity of the informers putting the lives of the whistle-blowers at risk.

“The police no longer practise confidentiality, making it hard for the locals to volunteer information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects,” Rashid Nanjira, a resident of Lung’anyiro, said.

Locals have called on the Inspector General of Police Hillary Muyambai to instead deploy new officers to the area to end the menace.

The Matungu OCS and Administrative Police officers at Ejinja AP camp were transferred by Kakamega County Commissioner Abdurizak Jaldesa over the killings but the killings have continued.

The transfers have not helped the investigations even as the security officers differ with the residents on who might be carrying out the killings. The officers refute the residents claims that series of murders are conducted by a gang, saying that they were unrelated.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i will be visiting Matungu in Kakamega County on Thursday to chair a meeting with the chief security officers in a bid to capture members of the criminal gang.

The residents are hopeful that the visit by Matiang’i will inject credibility in investigations into the criminal activities.

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