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MPs under probe over Kawangware attacks

Police are investigating some individuals, including two legislators, suspected to have played a key role in the Kawangware attacks either as planners, perpetrators or masterminds of well-profiled targets.

“Yes, there are specific individuals under investigation but I will not disclose at this stage,” said Dagoretti divisional police commander Rashid Mohammed.

Police sources revealed among those under probe include a legislator who allegedly held unclear night meetings with youth groups within Kilimani area preceding the attacks.

Similarly, another legislator in one of the eighteen constituencies within Nairobi is said to have held planning meetings within Kariobangi, an area that is not part of his constituency allegedly to propagate attacks.

However, police officers were deployed after reports were made over fears of possible violence effectively averting a calamity reminiscent of Kawangware attacks.

The gang is said to have adopted a particular mode of operation by moving in groups, rob and assault pedestrians indiscriminately, however, raids in houses and businesses were precise and premeditated.

They also erected blockades on the roads to delay police response. On Friday last week, a day after fresh presidential poll, a group of youthful men raided businesses and homes in mass looting and burning. As the situation degenerated, police officers grappled to restore sanity despite two rival groups, armed with crude weapons stage attacks.

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