KENYA: Senior rogue police officers and dangerous criminals operating under two syndicates in the Rift Valley and who have been in contact with fugitive Caroline Kangogo have been accused of protecting her against a multi-agency team assigned the task of her apprehension.
Juja DCIO Richard Mwaura detailed that the detectives had unravelled the syndicate of police bosses who were allegedly cartels and kingpins of notorious gangs.
The syndicates, according to police officers privy to the investigations, and who did not want to be named, are involved in robberies, extortion, and protection of politicians and business people in Nakuru, Eldoret, Kapsabet, Kericho and other towns in the Rift Valley.
The group was linked to protecting business owners, politicians, drug lords, highway robbers and carjackers. One of the leads detectives are investigating is a car theft deal that went sour between Kangogo and Peter Ndigwa, an ex-officer and security expert she allegedly murdered in Juja, Kiambu.
Ndigwa, prior to his death, had reportedly assisted the wanted policewoman to escape from Nakuru County where she reportedly killed her colleague, police constable John Ogweno.
Constable Ogweno was found murdered inside his vehicle at the Kasarani Police Station in Nakuru, while Mr Ndwiga was found slain in a hotel room in Kiambu on Tuesday.
“There is a group of police officers baying for her blood and there is one that is protecting her and this is why she has not been seen,” the officer said.
And while the murder of Mr Ogweno was blamed entirely on Cpl Kangogo, whose whereabouts were still unknown by press time, the Nation has established that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is investigating at least four people who may have been involved.
Among them was Mr Ndwiga, a former police officer who ran a security company that operates in Juja.
Detectives stated that they had linked four more people, including senior and junior police in Kangogo’s case. She was alleged to be the cleaner – a specialized person who bungles cases by contaminating evidence from a crime scene aswell as being a top assassin.
They added that this was one of the many crimes the gang was involved in, especially in the Rift Valley region.
“One group of police officers want her punished while another is protecting her,” a detective told the Nation.
“Some of the people she has been communicating with are senior officers and dangerous criminals,” Juja DCIO Mwaura exposed.
Questions were, however, raised on how Kangogo is keeping in touch with the officers yet she dumped her phone and has been under the radar, avoiding public places and internet connectivity.
These are some of the spy tactics she has been using to elude sleuths. Among others are stealth, cover and disguise, and access to funds.
Mwaura detailed that, nonetheless, they won’t stop tracking her and would apprehend and arraign her for murder.
“Our file is ready, and anytime she is arrested or surrenders, we shall parade her before the court,” Mwaura declared.
“We have expanded our hunt to major highways, hotels, lodges and other places where we feel she could be hiding. Soon we shall arrest her,” a detective added.