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Politicians financing gangs

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Politicians, business people and government officials have been named as main financers, mobilizes and beneficiaries of activities of organized gangs before, during and after elections in Kenya.

A report conducted between November 2016 and June 2017 by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission revealed that 88.9 percent of the respondents said that the main factor was exchange for lucrative jobs.

NCIC conducted the study in 15 counites namely, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kwale, Siaya, Murang’a, Bungoma, Narok, Kisii, Kiambu, Kisumu, Nakuru , Mombasa, Kakamega, Bomet and Nyamira which were purposively selected based on their history of organized criminal gang activity.

Politicians and their relatives where named for mobilizing the organized gangs by providing trainings, facilitating meetings, transportation , funding, paying  them salaries and wages and purchasing weapons for them.

Some of the gangs that were actively involved in political violence under the patronage of some politicians include Gaza, Confirm, Kabuchai Defence Force, Boston Boys, Wakali Wao, Super Power and China Squad.

The Chairman of NCIC Francis Ole Kaparo said that the report will be submitted next week to the committee on cohesion in National Assembly, the Senate and the President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He strongly warned those who engage in hate speech saying that the NCIC is still monitoring the situation on hate speech.

 

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