EXCLUSIVE – Right from the lion’s belly!
It is now official – we have a parallel police force colloquially referred to as “Ngoroko” which is surreptitiously running illegal activities for the Mt. Kenya ruling class. Their unlawful activities range from:
- Cattle rustling
- Poaching – esp. Elephant and Rhino
- Electoral malpractices
- Assassination hits
- Car jackings
- Extortion of citizens for police and military recruitment
- Takeover of Mungiki extortions
- Bank robberies
- Money laundering
- Escort and storage of narcotic drugs
- Escort of looted minerals from Congo
- Import and escort of looted merchandise from Somali pirates
- Gun running
- Protection for wanted fugitives like Felicien Kabuga
The reported police imposter Joshua Waiganjo and his family have admitted that the former was indeed a member of the revived “Ngoroko” squad. The Waiganjo-Baragoi debacle has unearthed stinking rot involving police instigated cattle rustling in the pastoralist areas of Lokitaung, Turkana, West Pokot, Marakwet, Samburu, Keiyo, and partly Laikipia.
It has been officially revealed that the Ngoroko outfit embedded within the KENYA POLICE (Regular Police, AP, GSU, Anti-Stock Theft Unit & CID) have been killing pastoralists and stealing cattle from them. This has then been shrewdly blamed on rival communities (Turkana v Pokot; Samburu v Turkana; Pokot v Tugen etc).
After robbing the pastoralists their source of livelihood, the cattle are then transported across the border into Uganda for fattening, then returned and supplied to Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) for a multi-billion shilling illegal trade. Some of the beef is exported to the Middle East.
The Senior Police Officers in the former Rift Valley, from interdicted PPO John M’Mbijiwe, suspended Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) commandant Remi Ngugi, interdicted Njoro Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) Peter Nthiga, and others, including former Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere, are all deeply involved in this earth-shaking scam.
Many Kenyan lawmakers while indicating not an iota of surprise are nevertheless shocked at the deep extent of the rot in this syndicate. The roots of the Ngoroko can be traced back to the period between 1976 and 1978 when a quasi-official police force and private army – exclusively serving ethnic and illegitimate business interests of the Kiambu mafia – was formed. The force reported directly to the Kiambu elite who often surrounded former President Jomo Kenyatta. Ironically, this force was using the dreaded reference of “Anti-Stock Theft Unit” existing today.
Today’s Ngoroko was structured under the wings of the Administration Police (AP), Anti-Stock Theft Unit, and part of the regular police. It has been reported that Ngoroko squad’s informal commander has been James Ephantus Mungai who has been reporting to both the former AP Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua and former Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere.
Evidence is now revealing that this latter-day Ngoroko has been operating the lucrative cattle rustling operation on a massive scale. State resources are being deployed to rob struggling pastoralists their only source of livelihood, leaving a trail of bloody retaliation between and among neighbouring ethnic communities. While the Pokots, Tugens, Samburu, Turkana, and Marakwets kill each other, the actual culprit in rustling has been the “Ngoroko” force commanded by the likes of M’Mbijiwe and Iteere.
So lucrative has this trade been that a bank employee – linked to the unearthed police imposter Joshua Waiganjo – recently resigned from his well-paying job to “join” the Ngoroko in Rift Valley, the very epicenter of cattle rustling. It has been reported that Faulu Kenya Nakuru branch manager Michael Njiru Runji confirmed that a Mr. Gerald Maina, who was a credit officer, went with the security team to Baragoi for a fact-finding mission but could not explain what his task was in security matters. Shortly after the trip, the bank employee resigned and purportedly joined the “police” outside the formal recruitment process.
Very embarrassing details have been exposed detailing how the police have been fooling the public regarding security and cattle rustling matters in the Rift. While police helicopters have been regularly deployed in the pretext of aerial surveillance and mapping of cattle rustling routes to Uganda, these have actually been trial runs for the Ngoroko operations themselves.
Whenever the police and paramilitary Ngorokos embark on their actual rustling operations, local scouts have often been involved. The latter are eventually ‘disappeared’. Ngoroko’s mayhem usually results in many deaths and displacement of innocent and poor pastoralists, many being children, women, and the elderly. It has been established that just recently, Ngoroko operations resulted in displacement of more than 3,000 people in Bartabwa division and Kipsaraman in Baringo North. From the Baragoi incident, which now looks more like a botched Ngoroko operation, thousands of Turkana are still trekking northwards away from Samburu County. These security hotspots are indeed artificially created in the name of state agents chasing illegal money.
It is clear that besides lip service, the Kibaki administration which has revived Ngoroko, has placed little priority in ensuring safety of Kenyan pastoralists, whom the Ngorokos are busy robbing using state machinery. Kibaki succession anglers like Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are deliberately mum on these serious security breaches affecting pastoralists whom they are right now inundating with diversionary campaign rhetoric. This entire lot seems to offer dim if not dire prospects for pastoralists in general. The overwhelming evidence now stares at the pastoralists’ right in their eyes.
It is from this Ngoroko context that Kenyans can now start appreciating the current wave of artificially instigated insecurity in targeted hotspots, whether in Tana River, Samburu, Garissa, or Mombasa. There is a general sense of lawlessness and insecurity across the entire country. Good cops and bad cops seem all drawn into making illegal side money, following in the footsteps of their Ngoroko counterparts.
The Mt. Kenya mafia decision to revive Ngoroko was probably motivated by many reasons apart from illegal hustling for quick money. Back in November 2007 a special squad of uniformed people was taken to the Embakasi AP Training School to train for certain unspecified activities prior to the ill-fated 2007 elections. These early Ngoroko graduates were to be later deployed to various polling stations to act as PNU agents. Some were to later storm into the KICC election tallying center, conspicuously displaying uncharacteristic police habits, for instance failing to salute the then Police Commissioner Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali. By the time the uniformed and gun-toting Ngorokos evicted citizens from the KICC plenary, ambushed former Electoral Commission Chairman Samuel Kivuitu, and forced the latter to declare Kibaki the winner of the 2007 elections, it was clear why the Ngoroko was formed in the first place.
The deployment of services of these very Nakuru-based Ngorokos by Uhuru Kenyatta and Francis Muthaura during PEV is something that will be eloquently detailed at the Trial Chamber at the Hague in a short while from now.
Some reputed security experts have questioned the high frequency and unprecedented numbers of graduation ceremonies for AP recruits over the last couple of years. Many of these officers, in essence Ngorokos, have ended up with the mandate to guard Kenyan borders, through which cattle rustling and pirate merchandise influx have been revolving between Uganda and Somalia respectively. Some of their accomplices and operation counterparts are deliberately kept off the official roll of police – sometimes concealed under files of the disbanded ‘police reservists’.
The latter group is clandestinely kept away from official records for easy ‘elimination’ when needed. Joshua Waiganjo belonged to this group, and his current singing like a bird is indeed helping save his life – at least temporarily. When his father announced to the whole world that Waiganjo’s ‘outing’ had something to do with the Baragoi massacre, the old man knew exactly what he was doing – saving his son’s life!
Apparently, Waiganjo had earlier blurted out into wrong ears some secret details of the Baragoi operation – unraveling the maze of the tragic slaughter of 40-plus inexperienced cops. It is clear that Ngoroks were in the middle of a cattle rustling operation in Suguta Valley (near Baragoi), when they summoned for back-up. PPO M’Mbijiwe , the Anti-Stock Theft Unit boss, and others quickly assembled some recently police graduates and hastily sent them into Suguta valley. The youthful green horns walked into a death trap…and the rest is history, save for the missing bodies of some Ngorokos. Someone surreptitiously collected several bodies of Ngorokos in police uniform in a bid to conceal their identification through the government pathologists. Who retrieved these bodies? Where were they eventually dumped? This was a rustling operation gone bad…really bad. It was clear Waiganjo was disturbed that some of his semi-official police colleagues met untimely death.
This Ngoroko rustling operation is a big multi-billion enterprise in itself. There has been a quiet and unlawful redefinition of the roles of various security and military branches including the Army, Air Force, and Navy, precisely to give room to these Ngorokos to oversee illegal cross-border activities.
In this Ngoroko regime, drug-and-gun running and escort of looted minerals from Congo have flawlessly moved across our borders with unparalleled intensity. Well paid Ngorokos under direct instruction from top police officers (including former Commissioner Mathew Iteere) are said to regularly escort two Kenyan smugglers of Congolese minerals – Mr Joe Kirimi and Mr Paul Kobia, who have been named in a UN report as key dealers in fake and smuggled gold from the DR Congo. The duo are said to have helped smuggle a huge consignment of Congolese gold – an incident that brought DRC President, Joseph Kabila to Nairobi. It was while investigating this case that the Ngorokos assassinated a Senior Assistant Commissioner of KRA, Joseph Cheptarus. That was yet another example of the vicious and ruthless blood-spree by the Ngoroko squad.
Burial of Joseph Cheptarus – another victim of the Ngoroko – in Baringo County
Accompanying looted merchandise from foreign countries have also been an extraordinary flow of people (illegal migrants). Wananchi have literally witnessed The Great Somali Migration into Kenya. It is not without doubt that the Ngorokos have been financially benefiting immensely from these cross-border movements that will soon endanger the country’s stability and very survival. It is yet another lucrative industry for the Ngorokos in extorting large amounts of cash from these migrants.
A panel of analysts studying this security situation has already established (report yet to be published) that the infrastructure through which Ngoroko expansionism heightened was provided by the Provincial Administration which was unilaterally restructured by President Kibaki – into a system that confused even experienced bureaucrats. The idea was to obfuscate and blur roles of previous administrative entities like provinces and districts. Kibaki was in essence setting stage for the rebirth of Ngoroko.
During his tenure upon which the Ngoroko resurgence occured, President Kibaki illegally created 265 districts which have been nullified on paper by the High Court, yet the Office of the President and Treasury keeps funding the illegitimate units. The AP, the official cover for the Ngorokos, is the security custodian of these unlawful districts. They have been accused of overseeing a lot of illegal activities operating within the areas. The AP budget has ballooned under President Kibaki, almost surpassing that of the Regular police. It is obviously clear why brand new weaponry and choppers have been purchased for exclusive use by the AP rather than regular police. Without doubt, these state assets are being placed into the hands of Ngorokos to effect sensitive illegal activities that occasionally require aerial surveillance.
The other lucrative domain from which Ngoroko state agents and their Mt. Kenya backers have been fleecing the country’s resources is illegal poaching and export of elephant tasks and black rhino horns to China, Thailand and other South East Asian countries. This is yet another multi-billion industry which incidentally implicated the Jomo Kenyatta family in the 1960s and 70s. It is back in vogue! Kenyan elephants are going down in alarming numbers, with thousands of tasks heading to China.
Another angle that has been brought up in this explosive dossier is that illegal Ngoroko activities by the AP embeds, have resulted in direct fatal clashes between the police and the AP (many being Ngorokos). Occasional brushes between well-meaning police and ill-trained Ngorokos in uniform, have often turned into brutal shoot-outs. It is now confirmed that the Ngorokos have sometimes received instructions to ‘eliminate’ police that stand in their way of rustling or hustling other illicit activities. The murder of former commandant of the Kenya Police College, Kiganjo, Bernard Kimeli Kemey, and several senior police investigators, have now been attributed to the Ngoroko outfit. It is an extrajudicial assassination squad in itself – taking over from Mungiki-exterminating Kwekwe squad.
As if cementing continued territorial attachment to lucrative operating areas, it is interesting that the former AP Commandant, Kinuthia Mbugua has been attracted into vying for political leadership within the Ngoroko dominated County of Nakuru.
Have you wondered why Kibaki’s tenure has been dogged by accusations of ethnicizing the security forces? Do you see the connection between use of security forces to effect illegal magendo? Why has the Ngoroko been exposed in the dying hour of Kibaki’s regime? Has Inspector General Kimaiyo got anything to do with the exposé? I await more answers from the Ngoroko grapevine.