Kisumu Under Siege (…/cont’d)
Cover note from Blog-Admin
In our previous post found in this link, we provided the background and brought you up to speed on gang related violence and activity in Kisumu county. We continue to bring this report and below is the 2nd tranche of the gang related activities in the county. This will be followed by a final and concluding post shortly. The Blog-Admin would like to state that the Kisumu correspondent has filed this report based on his own observations and investigations and furnished details of places, names and particulars as he observed them.
Part III China Squad
Better known as “China 32 Brothers” is a large network funded vertically either by The National Alliance Party (TNA) or by members of TNA high up in the ranks and horizontally by extortion rings within the Kisumu County.
The National Alliance (TNA), a political party headed by Uhuru Kenyatta, and currently officiated by Johnson Sakaja (Chairman) and George Onyango Oloo (Secretary General) has been funding Chinese Squad in an attempt to create the illusion that is has politically infiltrated Kisumu which is considered a stronghold of Prime Minister Raila Odinga and ODM. It is a scheme that is aimed at creating a perception of popularity whilst at the same time sabotaging the lake city both economically and politically.
Economic Sabotage: Security and stability are key pillars to economic opportunity and growth. With clearly deteriorating security and spiraling crime arising from sponsored gang activity, current and potential investors are questioning the failure by the state to crack down on known criminal gangs and their financiers as seen in this article http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000067800&story_title=Kenya-Investors-question-State%E2%80%99s-failure-to-crackdown-on-gangs
Political Sabotage: Kenyans are just about to embark on a crucial voter registration exercise. Most african states are used to politicians creating, fanning and using violence to displace voters and scare away potential voters who live within the county, especially the vulnerable such as women, the elderly, youth and other peace and law abiding citizens. This county in particular presents the strongest and unassailable political base of one of the two top contenders for the top political post of President
The Chinese Squad and the American Marines were at one time operating as a joint enterprise, with extortion rings around the Kisumu Bus Terminus. The two sets of gangs eventually differed and separated due to disagreements over deals gone sour. Some were to do with forgeries while others were to do with fraud. (See Part IV: The Big Fallout: Chinese and American Gang Disagreement)
Ever since they separated from the American Marines, the Chinese Squad have gone on to build an aura of superiority over their American Marine counterparts and have been waiting in the wings for a long time with an intention to take over total control of Kisumu City and its environs.
Chinese Squad is composed at the top level of the moneyed sons of equally moneyed parents (known business people like Nyawasi, Kalea and Akoth); parents who in their days accumulated wealth in not so clear circumstances. By virtue of being children of well established businessmen, members of the Chinese Squad, particularly their ringleaders are themselves rich and generally live glamorous lifestyles in Kisumu and beyond.
Accordingly, in order to sustain their expensive lifestyles without any legit sources of income, the Chinese Squad are hell-bent on generating revenues using whatever means necessary; legal or otherwise!
They inherited their parents’ businesses in Kisumu and have continued to grow them exponentially without any discernible supporting economic model or industry (which in itself raises serious eyebrows), anyway! They of course are engaged in virtually every conceivable business enterprise which include butchery, jewelry, grocery, exhibition, car-hire, taxi, MPESA. Although these are good businesses, the revenues from these businesses cannot in any way match the lavish lifestyles that the gag members lead and perhaps a KRA audit may reveal more than meets the eye. Interestingly enough, for one reason or another, they avoid real-estate.
After the break-away from “America” the Chinese Squad merged with “Wash-Wash” group, a group that is largely responsible for and has gained notoriety for among other crimes, stock-thefts in districts surrounding Kisumu and Nyanza in general; “making/washing fake currency” (hence their name); muggings, robberies, carjackings, fraud at Lands office, etc. This group is comparatively newer, has much younger members, adventurous hot-heads, and generally defined as people who will do anything at the bidding of their “Commander”!
The Chinese group overtly wallows in opulence; and has managed to compromise high ranking police officers in the province such that they have become bold enough to commit serious crimes in broad daylight. They are truly a law unto themselves!
On numerous occasions they have been seen wining and dining with the immediate former Nyanza PPO, (Njue Njagi), the outgoing DCIO, (Peter Matu) and several local CID officers, OCS Kondele (CIP. Muriuki) and OCS Kisumu Central (CIP. Murau). The Chinese Squad members are friends with Kisumu police with whom they jointly worked very well with in providing “security” when Miguna Miguna visited Kisumu Town to promote his book and later also ensured maximum security when Uhuru Kenyatta and entourage visited town. Boyi was even captured in television footage personally providing security and clearing the path of Uhuru Kenyatta in Ndhiwa during the by-election campaigns.
The Chinese Squad kingpins, ie Boyi s/o Akoth Ndonga, Boyi s/o Nyawasi, Mugoya and Ochieng’ have been known to physically assault police officers who crossed their paths on several occasions and no action was ever taken against them! Some of the police officers were eventually transferred out of Kisumu. Such has been the invincibility of the Chinese Squad!
Boyi s/o Nyawasi was once a long distance truck driver, is one of the better known Chinese Squad ring leaders who presently is the business of buying and selling used ex-Japanese vehicles that have have carjacked/stolen (usually sold at border towns where he made sufficient contacts while driving trucks).
At one time, it was widely reported in Kenyan media how a gang leader was attacked in Kisumu bus park and his Landrover off-road vehicle burnt to ashes. The leader was none other than Boyi Akoth Ndonga who has since visited the TNA Offices in Nairobi Muthurua area and has since been facilitated a replacement brand new Land Rover courtesy of the leadership of TNA. While in Nairobi where he spent time on self-imposed exile to escape the American Marine violence and police, Boyi was putting up with relatives in the Eastlands area of the city. Back in Kisumu, Boyi boasted to friends that burning his cars and businesses would not put him down and that he has rich and powerful friends in TNA.
It is also noteworthy that the butcheries that were recently razed to the ground in Kondele by American Marines belonged to Boyi Akoth. These butcheries were right outside their home in Kisumu where his elderly mother and some siblings still reside. The TNA Secretary General, George Onyango Oloo’s family also comes from the same area and they also own butchery in the same vicinity but his was never looted nor destroyed by the riotous gang that attacked Boyi’s butcher and looted stocks before burning it to the ground. Perhaps this was American Marine’s way of sending a come-do-business-with-us message to TNA that there were actually more powerful and much more ruthless gangs ready for hire in Kisumu.
In trying to cover their real business, the Chinese Squad has attempted to hoodwink the authorities and are formally registered as a “Welfare Organization”.
The National Alliance Party top middlemen in the financing of CHINA SQUAD is a blend of refined and polished lawyers, party officials from Luo Nyanza, researchers and also riff-fuff and ruffians that includes but not limited to:
- George Onyango Oloo (T.N.A. Secretary General)
- Ambrose Otieno Weda (Nairobi based Lawyer and Aspirant for Kisumu Governor on a T.N.A. ticket),
- Israel Kodiaga,
- Joshua Odhiambo Nyamori
- Evans Gor Ssemelang’o
These individuals have met with the leadership of China Squad both in Kisumu and Nairobi to plan and finance how the TNA’s political profile can be promoted within the Kisumu. All the individuals are frequent air travellers between Nairobi and Kisumu.
On 23rd August 2012, the day Miguna Miguna visited Kisumu ostensibly to promote his controversial book, the TNA Secretary General, George Onyango Oloo, met with some China Squad leaders and they agreed to lend support to TNA’s cause in Kisumu. On that day, China Squad members were given an advance of Ksh. 4 million with a promise of more if and when they successfully converted Kisumu to a credible TNA strong-hold or support base.
During the Kisumu meeting, China Squad also issued a stern warning to TNA’s Onyango Oloo not to dare engage with any other group except “China Squad” and that they would deliver Kisumu to TNA. This was a precondition aimed at locking out their rival gang the “America Marines”.
Chinese Squad provided security together with their friends in Kisumu Police lines to Miguna and his entourage during this book tour even as the crowd was building up outside Kisumu Hotel and baying for Miguna’s blood. Miguna had the audacity to provoke youths by calling them “voting robots” and despite rowdy youths surrounding his hotel, the police and Chinese Squad who were guarding the event sneaked him out of the hotel and out to Nairobi before matters could get out of hand.
It is not clear if Miguna himself knew about these arrangements but in all the towns he visited, Miguna did not insult his audience so something must have motivated him to insult Kisumu residents. As it were, the book event never happened and news reaching us indicate that Miguna has since sold off his entire home near Ahero Township on which he had started to build an imposing two storey house with swimming pool facing the Kano Plains. The construction started soon after he was appointed as an Advisor in Office of the Prime Minister and it has been sold to a third party as an incomplete project.