15 suspects apprehended in Matungu crackdown
SEE ALSO :Matiang'i deploys GSU to MatunguResidents claim the operation is only being carried out in open areas isolating interior villages. Areas like Mayoni, Harambee, Ejinja, Matungu shopping center and Koyonzo are feeling the presence of the officers. The same cannot be told of Makunda, Namasanda, Itete and Namamali where residents remain fearful of the attacks as they haven't seen the GSU operations. "We haven't seen the GSU around here at Makunda. We continue to live at the mercy of God," said Osman Omboko a local. Nyumba Kumi officials have also questioned their role in helping to flash out members of the killer gang. "Matiang'i brought officers in the area but they have not involved people like village elders or community policing to show them the terrains," said Kassim Namasti, a community policing member. Businesses are also closing shop as early as 5pm in fear of the operations.
SEE ALSO :Kakamega Senator Malala, Echesa arrestedMary Mukwana, a hotel owner at Ejinja shopping center, said since the kickoff of the operation she has been closing her business earlier to avoid confrontation with the police. "Business has gone down as our customers who used to come for evening meals are running early from this market centers for the fear of GSU," said Mukwana. Silas Mukamani a bodaboda operator at Ejinja said he once encountered the officers who were armed with clubs forcing him to leave his motorcycle and seek refuge in a sugarcane plantation. "I was coming from Ogallo yesterday and meet this officers, I had to jump off my bike and run as they were arresting people on road with no mistakes," said Mukamani.
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