18 Gang Members Terrorising Nairobi Matatus Arrested

  • Photo shows matatu users hanging on a vehicle while in motion. Twitter
  • The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers, on Wednesday, arrested 18 gang members who had been terrorising Nairobi matatu users.

    The gangsters were arrested in the Eastleigh and Pumwani areas of the city.

    In a statement, DCI explained that the suspects had been illegally manning stages and engaging in other organized crimes.

    "A joint operation by DCI and (National Police) has resulted in the arrest of 18 suspected criminals in Eastleigh & Pumwani," reads the statement in part.

    Stranded matatu passengers forced to alight in November 2018

    They were suspected to belong to the Kamjesh gang which is a dreaded group terrorising both matatu users and operators.

    "The suspects have been illegally manning stages and engaging in other organized crimes," continued the statement.

    They were expected to be arraigned in court on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

    Nairobi News reported that Ronald Ngala Street, OTC stage, Haile Selassie roundabout and Race Course Road were some of the most targeted spots by gangs.

    The gangs plant roadblocks in the area where they then collect millions of shillings from matatu operators daily.

    Some also disguise themselves as management at certain stages and extort money from matatus that drop and pick passengers from those points.