18 arrested over Kilifi disco matanga violence

Interior Cabinet secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i visits chief David Kahindi who was injured following the incident at the Jocham hospital in Mombasa PHOTO COURTESY

Kilifi, KENYA:18 people have so far been arrested over the violence that broke out in a disco matanga ceremony in Shariani village, Kilifi South sub-county on the night Friday 4th January.

This was after three more suspects were arrested on Friday evening as police intensify a crackdown on suspects who orchestrated the violence that saw a chief hospitalized while his assistant and three police officers sustained minor injuries.

The three have been identified as 37-year-old Nelly Masika, 26-year-old Safari Katana Kaingu and 28-year-old Kassim Katana.

According to the Kilifi County police Commander Frederick Ochieng, all suspects are expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.

Two more arrested over Kilifi disco matanga violence

Earlier in the week, two suspects were arrested after the interior cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i called on police officers to bring to book more suspects.

13 suspects who are still in custody were arrested after the incident after a multi-agency team was dispatched to quell the fracas.

Matiangi who visited the injured chief at the Jocham Hospital in Mombasa said that the ban on night disco matanga would remain in place.

The ban was instituted last year with police blaming the ceremony over increasing immorality and insecurity in Kilifi county.