Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has warned of a plot by some individuals to revive proscribed groups in the run-up to the 2017 General Election.
He said gangs such as Mungiki and Sungu Sungu are regrouping in select parts of the country to terrorise voters during the electioneering period. He, however, warned persons behind the plot of dire consequences saying that security agencies already have intelligence reports on some 50 other smaller criminal groups on the payroll of some politicians are planning to cause turmoil across the country.
“There is a big difference between competitive politics and criminal gangs. Any gang that uses politics to terrorise citizens will be dealt with firmly,” he said at his Jogoo House office flanked by Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Ndegwa Muhoro and other senior police officials.
Boinnet singled out gangs such as Ganza, Sitaki Kujua in Nairobi, Karachi Republic in Busia, Haribika Boys in Kericho and Kenda Kenda in Kirinyaga as amongst the notorious gangs that have come up but stressed they are keen on eliminating them.
He said he ordered the police to deal with the groups that are also involved in the manufacture and sale of illicit brew. “To this end, any public officer found complicit with these individuals will be dealt with in accordance with the law,” he added.
Boinnet asked Kenyans to be vigilant, warning that the al Shabaab terror group is still keen on attacking security installations and soft targets in Northern Kenya and Coast regions.
He said several terror suspects have bee arrested in Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Wajir, Mandera and Nairobi including those believed to be involved in the recent attack in Lamu, adding that police have placed a Sh20 million bounty on the heads of four ‘most wanted’ terrorits and asked wananchi to volunteer information to the police on their whereabouts.
The four include Abdullahi Issak Diyat and Idris Ismael Issack, masterminds of the November 2014 attack on a Makkah bus that left 28 Kenyans and the killing of quarry workers in Mandera.
The other two are Ahmed Uweys from Somalia, an associate of Adan Garar who was killed in March 2015 and is believed to have had a role in the Westgate Mall attack while Mohammed Shide, a Garre from Mandera and a Madrassa teacher. The latter is belived to have been taken part in the foiled attack targeting Parliament Buildings in March 2015 and the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi.