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Residents of Muchorwe Town, Molo, cry for help over gang

The residents have asked the government to transfer Administration Police officers serving in the area and regular police officers at Muchorwe Police Station, whom they accuse of laxity for failing to apprehend the gang members.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 05 Jul 2016 10:50 EAT

Residents of Muchorwe Town in Molo are living in fear of a gang that has been terrorizing them every night for weeks.

The residents have asked the government to transfer Administration Police officers serving in the area and regular police officers at Muchorwe Police Station, whom they accuse of laxity for failing to apprehend the gang members.

The residents say they have repeatedly reported to the local administration and police officials about the activities of the gang and volunteered identities of suspected members of the gang that operates with impunity.

"The gang operates with impunity. All warnings to them have gone unheeded and we feel the local police officers know something we don't," said a businessman in the town who wished not to be named for security reasons.

Last month, Ali Hassan, the deputy county commissioner for Molo, and his Kuresoi North Wilber Baraza held a security meeting at the town and promised to icrease police patrols, but the gang has continued to execute attacks on residents.

Last Tuesday, the gang members attacked a local shopkeeper and also broke into two houses early in the night.

Earlier, the gang had attacked another victim, George Muya, whom they beat senseless and left unconscious in a thicket. Muya was rescued by passersby the next morning. Yet another victim, Bernard Githui, has just been discharged from hospital where he was admitted with injuries inflicted by the gang.

But these two victims were lucky to survive; a man last week succumbed at a Nakuru hospital to injuries he had suffered at the hands of the gang.

Victims of the gang’s activities report that its members, who are armed with machetes, operate every night, sometimes attacking people from as early as 7pm.

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