A security operation to flush out criminals in Nyeri after the murder of a chief has caused tension and anxiety among residents.
Senior police bosses have also been moved following the rise in insecurity in the region.
The operation began in Kamakwa and Kamuyu in the outskirts of Nyeri Town with the arrest of five people linked to the murder of Chief Kimiti Nyuguto.
But only three of the suspects were produced in court Wednesday and will remanded for five days to allow police complete investigations.
Kamuyu was home to Kenya's most wanted gangsters Gerald Wambugu Munyeria alias Wanugu and Anthony Ngugi Kanagi alias Wacucu who were killed by police.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i Wednesday visited the family of the slain chief and announced a major security operation in Nyeri to flush out criminal gangs.
The tough talking Dr Matiang’i said the operation would start Wednesday night, warning that it will be “uncomfortable” for the locals.
“You cannot kill our chief and expect to get away with it. We will start a major operation tonight and we will not come smiling. Already five have been arrested and we are coming for the others,” he said.
Dr Matiang’i also gave amnesty to illegal gun holders to surrender them to police stations before the operation begins.
“Take those guns to the police station. If you do not we will co