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Criminals short dead in Tanzania all identified to be from Kenya

Posted by African Press International on September 10, 2007

Publication Date: 9/10/2007

Six of the 14 Kenyans shot dead in Moshi, Tanzania last week had a criminal record at home, police have found out.

Their names matched with those contained in police criminal records for various offences, they said.

Details concerning the rest are expected to be known after their fingerprints are crosschecked in a database at CID headquarters. Four officers from the Special Crime Prevention Unit are due back today after four days of investigations in Moshi.

Collect bodies

The Kenyan team was instructed to make an independent report, which would be studied alongside an earlier account by Tanzanian police who said the group was killed in a gun fight.

At the same time, Tanzania authorities have given a 14-day notice to relatives of the victims to collect the bodies, otherwise they would be buried by the State at a public cemetery. Their bodies are at Mawenzi Hospital mortuary.

So far, police in Kirinyaga have disclosed that two victims Simon Maina Ndabaki alias Mbole and Peter Maina Waweru were being sought in connection with a series of violent robberies in the area.

Police in Tanzania said the Kenyans were part of a gang that had planned to raid a branch of Exim Bank in Moshi the following morning.

Police also said they were in possession of three AK-47 rifles, three pistols and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, two hand grenades and five bullet-proof vests.

The family of one of the victims, Hannah Nyakanyi Kingara from Kiambu, has since said that she had travelled there on business. Most of the suspects had temporary passports issued in Nairobi last Monday.

Could be averted

They were identified as: Simon Maina Ndabaki from Kerugoya, Moses Kuria Kamau from Nairobi, David M. N. Mbugua from Mwea, Kirinyaga, Peter Maina Waweru from Karatina and William Muiruri Kamau from Nairobi.

Others are: Philip Irungu Wanjiru, Ludovick Gicheru Kariuki of Thika, John Gikonyo Buku from Muranga, Zachary Mwangi Kimathiro from Muranga and Jeremiah W. Macharia.

In Kisumu, Cotu secretary-general Francis Atwoli said the Government was to blame for cross-border crime. He said the shooting of Kenyans in Tanzania wound have been averted had it screened the suspects at the point of exit.

Mr Atwoli warned that involvement of Kenyans in criminal activities in neighbouring countries would slow down the process of regional integration and lock out genuine people from accessing the regional market.

Mr Atwoli was speaking at Sayi Secondary School in Rachuonyo District during a funds drive.

Additional reporting by Daniel Otieno

Lifted and published by Korir, API*APN tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525


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