Oct 19, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Hitmen for hire: Rogue police top list of contract killings

They are renegade cops and organized gangs. In a new report on contract killers in Africa, corrupt law enforcement agencies and felons are reported to be the most dangerous assassins in Kenya.

They carry out contract killings for social, political or economic interests. Land disputes lead to such statistics. After the murders, detectives are either silenced, intimidated to stop the investigation, or bribed to set them aside Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crimes (GI-TOC).

“Targeted killings by the police where there is a clear motivation for organized crime – for example, when the police are working with certain gangs to compete turn off. In such cases, high levels of impunity often mean that police are seen as a viable option to eliminate competition or “solve a problem,” “the report reads.

The survey, Analyzing contract killings in Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique explain that while these countries keep statistics on murder cases, there are no data on contract killings and low conviction rates make it difficult to determine the motives for these killings and the manner in which they were committed which they take place.

Business disputes

It states that hits related to business disputes and economic outcomes can threaten the notion of fair economic competition and affect the victim’s immediate community, economically if the person was a breadwinner.

“The threat of violence also has the potential, transparency and accountability in cases where J Our reporters or whistleblowers are killed, restricted or eliminated, ”the report said.

National Police Service spokesman Bruno Shioso dismissed the report as erroneous and misleading because ‘he did not produce any data to support the claims ‘.

“The report itself says it has no data to support claims that the police were involved in extrajudicial killings.” he said.

In Kenya, the report cites the killings of former Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official Chris Musando, the directors and managers of Kihiu Mwiri farmers, university student leader Samuel Mogaka Ragira and environmental activist Joanna Stutchbury and many others.

Nairobi was ranked first in the list of counties with the most hits between 2015 and 2020, followed by Mombasa and Kiambu.

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“Political hits accounted for the largest proportion, followed by organized crime-related hits and personal hits,” the report said, adding that a notable decline in the number of Hits have been recorded since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in the Ministry of Health imposing severe restrictions.

Contracted killings related to the Pol itik targeted rivals, students, lawyers, activists, witnesses, business people and related organized crime organizations.

Corrupt activities

“In most of these cases, voices have been silenced, who spoke out against illegal or corrupt activities. There have also been a few cases where ‘the competition has been eliminated’, “it says.

In contrast to South Africa, where the majority of hits were related to gang violence and drug-fighting or business disputes, the 2015 peak was The hits in Kenya appear to be due to an increase in land rights disputes.

Since 2015, around 16 directors of the Kihiu Mwiri Farmers Company Limited have died under mysterious circumstances. The company, whose name means “hot-blooded”, was founded in 1971 by a group of farmers who wanted to buy land from white settlers.

Two rival factions formed splinter groups, namely Ward Four and Kula na Kumaliza (under the roof of the Kihiu Mwiri Company). Competing forces fought for control of the organizations, which led to numerous cases of fraud in the share register.

The attacks began in 2001 and since then the directors Benson Gumbi, Newton Muhoro, Job Mwangi and James Kimaru, Wilfred Gichana, Peter Kuria, Chrispas Wanyoike, Chege Mwangi, Paul Kaharu, Paul Kariuki and others have either been murdered or are missing.

Politicians rely on gangs to gain support and intimidate rivals.

The mission firearms was the most popular form of murder, with the proliferation of small arms and light weapons exacerbating the situation.

The second most common method was beating the victim to death.