1 January 2013

Kenya: Dandora Killings Spark Off Demonstrations

Hundreds of Dandora residents yesterday held demonstrations to protest the murder of three people who were shot dead in the estate on Sunday night.

Two others were seriously injured when armed robbers raided a shop in Dandora Phase 3. Yesterday an irate mob reacted to the murder by barricading a section of Juja Road and engaged police in running battles.

The protesters said six thugs, two armed with AK47 riffles and pistols, shot dead shop keeper Victor Kyanguli and stole an unknown amount of money from his shop.

The same gang is said to have raided a petrol station on Ring Road where they robbed attendants of unknown amount of money.

Yesterday newly appointed Inspector General Francis Kimaiyo said he had ordered police chiefs in Nairobi to deal with criminal gangs in the city.

He was speaking at the Police Pavillion grounds in Nairobi when he met senior commanders in Nairobi to discuss operational matters ahead of the 2013 general elections.

He said police have the go-ahead to use necessary force as stipulated in the police force standing orders in dealing with the criminals.

Kimaiyo also said that police are working on a security strategy during the elections. He said the police have an obligation to make sure that there is peace during and after the election and also ensure smooth transition of government.

On criminal gangs in Mathare and Kariobangi that have engaged in criminal activities such as torching of houses and even murder, the IG said adequate police measures have been taken to stop blood letting in the slums.

He said police patrols have also been intensified in areas hit by insecurity as police crack down down on all gang rated activities.

Kimaiyo is expected to meet other police chiefs from different parts of the country as he prepares to assume top leadership of the police.

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