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Top CID officers pitch tent in Migori as search for Uhuru hecklers intensifies

11 September 2014, 13:38 Oduor Omondi

Migori - Criminal Investigating Officers (CID) have cast their nets wide into villages looking for goons suspected to have perpetrated the disruption of President Kenyatta's function in Migori Monday.

Tuesday night, police made a swoop in estates and villages within the town tracing people whose faces were identified in television footage after the incident.

So far, ten suspects have been arrested from the area in connection with the incident, according to area Police Commander, Clement Gatogo.

Also Read: Five arrested for heckling president in Migori

Gatogo told the press on Wednesday that officers were also pursuing leads to M-Pesa transactions by a local politician in which some KES 60 000 was sent to youths ostensibly to hire them to cause chaos at the function.

“My officers are out day and night looking for any information that can help bring all of the goons to book,” said Gatogo.

Gatogo’s remarks came even as it emerged that high ranking government officials in the administration and security have pitched camp in the area to identify people behind the violence that saw Migori governor, Zachary Obado, booed and barred from addressing the function by rowdy youths.

Also Read: Uhuru's Migori troubles 'down to Obado'

Nyanza Regional Commissioner, Francis Mutie, who held a closed door meeting with Migori County Commissioner, Anne Ng’etich and other top security officers, said the government will not rest until all the perpetrators of the fracas, including their paymasters are brought to book.

“Investigations are already ongoing and very soon, names of all the suspected paymasters who engineered the fracas would be made public irrespective of their positions among the residents,” he told the press.

Meanwhile, the Maranatha Church in Migori has condemned Monday’s incident describing it as unfortunate.

Led by Reverend Joshua Abisai, the church called on the local leadership to urgently organise forums through which the youth can be dissuaded from engaging in violence.

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