The Star (Nairobi)

31 January 2013

Kenya: Lobby Group Raises Concern On Illegal Gangs

The Usalama Reform Forum lobby group has today released a report which states that there are 73 illegal organised gangs and 6000 police officers with known criminal behaviour spread across the country.

The lobby group has said that some of these gangs and officers are linked to politicians and are likely to be used to cause chaos in the upcoming elections on March 4.

The lobby group has recommended the quick dismantling of these groups and checking of these police officers in order to ensure a peaceful elections.

The police force was one of the bodies that was implicated in the 2007 - 2008 post election violence. Their involvement led to the the ongoing reforms of the police force.

Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo who was appointed to the post at the end of last year recently warned that all illegal organised gangs will be dealt with and asked members of the public to cooperate with the reformed police force.

"We want to crackdown on key financiers of terrorism activities in the country. We can only succeed with support from members of the public," Kimaiyo said at a past event.

Kimaiyo further warned politicians against inciting Kenyans to violence and said that the police force will deal with them in accordance with the law.

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