In an unprecedented move, Kevo, not his real name, told P Live that some of the raids they conducted were planned by some police officers.
He quips that in most cases, police officers would hunt for a thug for two reasons - a deal went sour and is out to face the bullet or that the thug is best suited to execute a plan of robbery. In rare occasions, he adds, “police officers would genuinely follow up on a case of robbery because they are part of the ring.”
He adds that the increasing cases of police shooting thugs could be as a result of cover up, especially when an earlier planned deal goes wrong.
“In some cases, when you delay and exceed the time agreed so that the police are now in the scene, there is no way out, we used to flee or if found the police would just shoot you, so that it doesn't appear like you work together,” Kevo says.
For Hessy cop, however, thugs would be gunned down irrespective of their status, or how much they are known by the police operating in the area.
P Live: You had guns and pistols for your job; where were you getting them?
Kevo: About guns, we had digwara or homemade guns. We got them from Dandora. They were mostly made in either Dandora Phase IV or Dandora Mwisho. Unfortunately, they only have the capacity to hold two bullets.
Alternatively, we would talk to the police in the area. They would lease their guns to us depending on what kind of crime and probably the amount of money we will get out of it. We even made down payments of up to Sh20,000 a raid.
P Live: Apart from leasing guns, how else were you working with the police?
Kevo: They would also protect us in our work. We make deals with them and so they sell bullets to us. A single bullet for the AK-47 gun, for example, was retailing at around Sh150. However, we would go for small guns as they were easy to carry and their bullets were cheap. We would buy them at around Sh70 depending on their availability.
Officers Commanding Stations were of help as they were the ones who had access to the armory. Colluding with the officers proved very helpful as they redirected the police on patrol to other areas for us to execute the plan. In some incidences, they would literally give us leads on where to raid and in such a case, they had to guard us. This was normally done at night.
P Live: How did you know how to use a gun?
Kevo: We had a trainer. We could do our trainings in the evening deep in Ngong Forest. There were so many other groups in the forest and we could hear gunshots as they trained. But before going, we could speak to the police so that we are not harassed. At times we could use their guns to train.
P Live: What do you know about Gaza Gang?
Kevo: Gaza is even more organised. What I understand is that even recently, they were organising to have a football team through which they will now recruit young people. You know when a teen tells the parent that they are going to join and play in a football team, they won’t suspect any malice.
When P Live contacted, Dandora Area OCPD Mr Maiyek Geoffrey, he declined to comment on the matter. He vehemently denied the accusations and promised to get back to us.
Mr Maiyek would later fail to respond to both text messages directed to him and our calls went answered by the time of publishing this article on Saturday.
On the other hand, the National Police Service Spokesperson Mr Charles Owino could not be reached for a comment as his phone was off Saturday morning.
Earlier, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett took issues with the emergence of ‘Hessy Wa Kayole’ and ‘Hessy Wa Dandora’ police, warning them against posting thug copses on social media, specifically Facebook.
“It is against the law to kill without trial. As a police officer, it is your responsibility to protect life. So it is not advisable in any way to shoot and kill people. Their lives are equally important,” Mr. Boinett warned earlier.
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