Nakuru Senator, Susan Kihika, has recounted how a dreaded gang once confronted her and demanded that she pays them Ksh600,000.
Kihika was reportedly trailed by a group of young men from a lethal gang known as Confirm while running her daily political chores.
The group went ahead to block the road demanding that she must part with Ksh600,000, triggering panic in her campaign team.
“I once tried going from one Ward to another and the gang blocked the road for me and demanded that I give them Ksh600,000 or else they wouldn’t allow me to pass,” Kihika stated through an event covered by Nation Africa.
Deputy President William Ruto and Senator Susan Kihika in Nakuru County on February 11, 2022.
Courtesy Susan Kihika Kihika, who is seeking to unseat the incumbent Nakuru governor, Lee Kinyanjui, explained that the Confirm gang is a big threat in the newest city in the country.
“This issue of the Confirm gang in Nakuru city is a big concern. It is something nobody is talking much about, but I want to confirm here it is an issue that concerns me. I promise to address it if I’m elected as the next governor of Nakuru,” she told Nation Africa.
Kihika, who is vying seeking the governorship on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket, however, vowed to weed out the gang if elected on August 9.
She did not disclose if she gave the gang the money or how she managed to survive the ordeal.
Confirm gang, which is composed of young boys, does not hesitate to cause harm and is said to be holding Nakuru city at ransom.
The gang, which has its roots in Kivumbini slums in Nakuru, is known to commit heinous acts including robbery, phone snatching, drug peddling, and in extreme cases, murder.
The gang, which has now become a headache, emerged in 2010 as a group of three idle youths from a Nakuru slum who decided to exploit the loopholes in mobile money services to get easy money from gullible Kenyans.
As elections nears, the resurgence of the gang has been reported in Nakuru.
To address cases of crime during the electioneering period, Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, has ordered for recruitment and deployment of 6,000 police officers to different parts of the country.
He advised those planning to reject poll results to file cases in court instead of causing chaos.
“No one can hold this country at ransom. If you do not like the results, you go to court. If you do anything that is not the court, then you will be met by the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, and me and we shall not treat you very kindly because you are breaking the law.
“The law is very clear. You do not have a choice, neither do any of us. When the people of Kenya speak and it is read by the IEBC, we are bound by the law. No one will tell us anything else,” he stated.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i addressing the press at Tot Police Station on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
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