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BY CORRESPONDENT,KAKAMEGA,16TH MAY 2019-Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi on Thursday visited Security challenged Matungu sub-county in Kakamega county ,promising to wipe out all gangs terrorizing wanach. Matiangi also announced the launch of a major security operation in the area following a series of killings that have left 18 people dead in a span of one month.
Interior Cabinet Secretary who was accompanied by other officials from the ministry , said a contingent of General Service Unit (GSU) officers will be deployed to beef up security and boost the regular police numbers
This comes as it emerged that six key suspects were arrested on Wednesday night among them a jailbird believed to be coordinating the attacks from Nairobi. He was fished out from his hideout in the city.Dr Matiang’i, accompanied by Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai toured Kakamega and Vihiga counties to assess the security situation.
The CS said police are still following what he termed ‘crucial leads’ linking local politicians and that in few days to come, the politicians will be arrested to record statements in relation to the bizarre killings.He said some politicians had formed vigilantes for their selfish interests that led to the killings, as the groupings try to outshine each other, even as he extended an olive branch for the gang members to surrender before they are flashed out by police.”We will go to the direction the investigations will take. We don’t care who you are under the political class and your status in society. We will arrest and deal with you as per the law,” he sounded the warning.Ten of the victims were murdered by a killer gang that invaded the area about a month ago while six were lynched by angry residents. Two were gunned down by police on patrol.”Yesterday night, we arrested key suspects including one who was sentenced to 20 years in jail and has been coordinating the criminal activities here from Nairobi,” said the CS. Matiang’i said a new police divisional headquarters will start operations in Matungu. The sub-county has all along been served by stations under the Mumias OCPD.