'Gang leader' arrested after spate of killings in Matungu

Wednesday November 13 2019

Police in Kakamega have arrested the suspected leader of a gang that has killed more than 20 residents of Matungu constituency. PHOTO | COURTESY


Police have arrested a man suspected to be the ringleader of the outlawed 42 Brothers gang that terrorised and killed people in Kakamega early this year.

Matungu sub-county police boss Alex Ndili said the suspect, Kenson Bramwel Odera alias Brian, fled to Uganda when security agencies intensified operation in Matungu after at least 20 people were killed by the gang.

“We have been looking for him and others who masterminded the killings and led young boys into maiming and killing innocent people in Matungu,” said Mr Ndili.

The police commander said officers acting on a tip-off laid a trap and arrested the suspect while he was hiding in his mother’s house in Emakale village.

Officers seized police uniforms and equipment used to break door grills.

At the height of the gang's activities, several people were arrested, including four politicians from Kakamega County, but were later released after police failed to connect them to the killings.


In May, two suspects, Kelson Liyenga alias Kevin Lienga and Boniface Gubimiru, were arrested in Nairobi and Vihiga counties respectively.