Former Kasarani Police Boss Busts Nakuru's 'Confirm' Gang Leader
The mastermind of the gang was arrested following a sting operation conducted by area security agents.
Former Kasarani Deputy County Police Commander Peter Mwanzo has overseen his first major arrest since being promoted to Nakuru Police Commander by Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i.
Dickson Macharia Waithera, alias 'Deco', was arrested on Wednesday, August 3 having been confirmed as the leader of the deadly 'Confirm' criminal gang that has been terrorizing residents in Nakuru County.
The mastermind of the gang was arrested following a sting operation conducted by area security agents. He was believed to have led in the heinous killings and robberies across the county.
Leader of the dreaded 'Confirm gang', Dickson Macharia Waithera alias Deco arrested in Nakuru pic.twitter.com/PodGG01U81— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) August 3, 2022
Mwanzo, who led the arrest of Deco said then that criminal gangs including one known as Nyuki had relocated to the villages after police intensified crackdowns against their members.
The police boss' promotion was one of the changes instituted by Matiang'i's ministry to deal with the criminal gang that has been tormenting many parts of Nakuru, especially in Nakuru Town East and West.
“We have made changes in the management of security in this city and from today, we will have police patrols. We want the residents to have a new relationship with the police,” said Matiang'i.
Mwanzo took over from Beatrice Kiraguri who has been serving as Nakuru County Commander. He was pivotal in ensuring that Kasarani remains a zero-crime zone.
During the visit to Nakuru, the CS who was accompanied by Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti and General Service Unit (GSU) Commandant Douglas Kanja, vowed to residents that the government was embarking on efforts to crack down on each of the members of the gang.
“We have all the resources, we are not going to sleep until we get the last one of them,” he said.
The gang has recently been blamed for an increase in muggings, rape and murders witnessed across Mawanga. Over 140 members of the group to date have been arrested since the CS ordered the crackdown in June.
Before the Ministry's intervention, Nakuru residents had resorted to mob justice to deal with the crime rate. During that month, three members of the gang were confronted by an angry mob, which killed one.
Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Fred Matiang'i. /FILE
They were busted as they were snatching phones from the residents.
Mwanzo's tenure has not been short of controversies as a lobby group called for his suspension in July in the wake of the killings of four youths in Nakuru.