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Dandora youth surrender weapons

18 October 2013, 13:37

Nairobi - Police said some youths, mostly street kids, who were allegedly involved in the violent clashes that resulted in the death of a person at the Dandora dumpsite had surrendered weapons.

The rival youth gangs had clashed earlier this week to fight for control of the notorious refuse site.

“The firearms surrendered include revolvers and pistols that the gangs have been using to protect their territories within the expansive dumpsite,” said Starehe Officer Commander, Samuel Kanampiu.

The youth surrendered the firearms after the Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko and the Nairobi County Police Commander, Benson Kibue, urged the youths to seek alternative means of survival after visiting the area where the confrontation occurred.

The clash was the latest in a series of such violence at the country’s biggest dumpsite.

A number of rival gangs have taken control of Dandora.

They are accused of extorting cash from garbage collectors who frequent the dump site for re-usable waste.

It is also a haven for outlawed groups in the country.

The dumpsite is feared as one of the most insecure places in the country due to the slum settlement that characterises its surrounding.

The gangs have taken advantage of alleged negligence by the government to extort money from residents in exchange for their security and provision of other basic facilities.

– CAJ News


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