The government has deployed the dreaded General Service Unit (GSU) to hunt down the killer gang in Matungu following the recent spate of brutal attacks.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, who visited the troubled area on Thursday, asked the residents to prepare for a major security operation targeting the criminal gang who have been raiding homes at night and viciously attacking villagers.
He announced that the operation will go on until all the suspects are arrested.
Dr Matiang’i, who spoke at Bulimbo Primary School grounds, announced that a key suspect believed to have been coordinating the killings from Kawangware, Nairobi has been arrested.
“The arrest of the suspect is a major breakthrough and we have already obtained information about other suspects on the run. We want to tell them that their days are numbered,” said Dr Matiang’i.
The Interior CS who was accompanied by the Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai and security chiefs from Western region said: “The days of those criminals who have been attacking villagers and killing them are numbered. From today we are deploying the GSU and increasing the number of other security officers to hunt down the criminals and end their madness.”
Also accompanying the CS were Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and MPs Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Justus Kizito (Shinyalu) and Justus Murunga (Matungu).
Earlier Dr Matiang’i held a closed-door meeting with the security chiefs before he addressed sub-county commissioners and chiefs at the Magharibi Hall in Kakamega.
The CS promised to address the issue and ensure security officers were well equipped to handle the menace.
“Our officers are going to comb all the corners of Matungu and hunt down the criminals so that there will be no repeat of such madness involving loss of innocent lives,” said the CS.
In Bulimbo, residents asked Mr Matiang’i to ensure security officials serving in Matungu were transferred to other stations for failing to urgently respond to the attacks.
The CS is Thursday afternoon expected to visit Kilingili and Khwisero in Vihiga County where several guards were also murdered in the same style.
Residents have mentioned two gangs, the 42 brothers and the 14 brothers, believed to be behind the killings.