Mombasa,KENYA:At least three people were injured Thursday after two rival gangs clashed in Consolata area of Likoni ,Mombasa county.
According to police officers,the clash occurred between the members of Wakali kwanza gang and Wajuku wa bibi over the killings of one of their members said to have been poisoned. The deceased is said to have died on Wednesday at Coast general hospital where he was receiving treatment.
The fight began at the Consolata playing ground as the rival group of Wajuku wa bibi was returning to the area after burying their deceased member in Pungu area.
According to police sources, the suspects totaling 100, wearing Jubilee t-shirts and armed with machetes and knives started attacking anyone they found on their way and looting from nearby shops as they chanted hymns to revenge the killings of their member.
A businessman at Consolata area who spoke to Baraka fm on condition of anonymity said the suspects took away five new plastic chairs as they ran away. Another businessman, a butcher in the area said the gang stole about ten kg of meat from his butchery.
“A woman who is regular customer in my butchery sustained injuries after she was slashed by the gangs as she was waiting outside after being served , “said the butcher.
A businesswoman who identified as Mama Jane who operates a grocery business a few metres from the butchery said the gang members ordered her to give them the proceeds of the day or else they would slash her with a machete.
“I gave them Sh 4000 cash which I had collected for the day. They ran away as they chanted tutawamaliza,tutalipiza,”said the woman amid tears.
Likoni deputy police Chief Anthony Shimoli said the Kenya Navy officers arrived at the scene but the suspects had already disappeared.
He blamed the local security officials over their non cooperation with police officers to identify the criminal gangs.
“We have summoned the assistant chiefs and village elders to appear before the officer commanding station so that they can be questioned because this criminal gang are known to everybody, they are not new in this area,”said police boss.
He also disputed claims that some people were injured the attack saying there was no formal report lodged at the police desk.