There are 46 organised criminal gangs operating in the country, a report released yesterday says. The report by the National Crime Research Centre says the gangs are supported by politicians and their ethnic communities. According to the report, 33 gangs were banned by the government on October 18, 2010 but 46 others have emerged.
The report says some politicians give money to these gangs for political support. It says some members of these gangs occupy elective public positions. Attorney General Githu Muigai, who released the report, said gang activity has negative impact on society.
"There is no doubt that the criminal activities these groups are engaged in have harmful consequences on our society. It causes fear and desperation in the lives of law-abiding citizens," Muigai said.
"To ensure a secure social, political and economic environments for investment, there must be commitment on the part of the government to confront the vice. This will spur economic growth in." Police are also accused in the report of colluding with these gangs and disregarding useful information from the public on such groups.
The report says that the criminal gangs operate like institutions with interdependent units which work to support the whole entity. They have hierarchical structures and systems of maintaining discipline and oath taking. According to the report, 16 of the criminal gangs operate in Nairobi.