One notable suspect, known as Chemarget, was apprehended after voluntarily presenting himself at the central police station
Benjamin Mwanthi, commander of the Uasin Gishu county police, at a press conference.
The Eldoret police have apprehended 33 suspects believed to be associated with a notorious gang accused of extorting traders in the Eldoret.
Benjamin Mwanthi, the Uasin Gishu County police commander, stated that the arrests were made in the Eldoret central business area following complaints from traders, members of the public, and human rights activists led by Kimutai Kirui.
Today’s arrests mark a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to combat organized crime in Eldoret,” affirmed Benjamin Mwanthi, the Uasin Gishu County police commander. “These apprehensions were made in response to numerous complaints from traders, members of the public, and human rights activists, underscoring our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of our community.”
The organized Barsuliek Karnet gang has allegedly been involved in various criminal activities including extortion, threats, cyber bullying, assault, and exerting control over strategic business premises in Eldoret for monetary gain.
One notable suspect, known as Chemarget, was apprehended after voluntarily presenting himself at the central police station. The raid, conducted by over fifty police officers in the afternoon, resulted in the arrest of multiple suspects who are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.
This criminal gang has also been implicated in harassing and threatening journalists in Eldoret, as well as targeting vocal human rights activists Kimutai Kirui.
“We commend the Eldoret police for their swift and decisive action in addressing the menace posed by this criminal gang,The arrest of these suspects is a step towards restoring peace and security in our community,”stated Kimutai Kirui,We urge authorities to continue their efforts to dismantle criminal networks and bring perpetrators to justice
The arrest of these suspects sheds light on a potentially organized crime ring, The Barsuliek Karnet gang suggests a coordinated operation with far-reaching consequences for the community, extending beyond mere financial extortion to include threats, cyberbullying, and violence.
The alias “Chemarget,” meaning chaos or skirmishes in Kalenjin, attributed to one of the suspects, underscores the gang’s intention to disrupt the community’s peace and instill fear.
The business community in Eldoret has expressed appreciation for the decisive police action against the criminal gang.
Eldoret Media Hub, a working space for journalists based in Uasin Gishu County set up by the Uasin Gishu Journalists Association (UGJA) through a Media Council of Kenya (MCK) grant.
The facility was officially opened in August 2021 by the MCK Chief Executive Officer David Omwoyo.