|Police investigating the post-election violence in Nairobi are looking for more than 20 people said to have been photographed committing various crimes.
The officers have photographic evidence of people who torched the Ngong Road Telkom telephone exchange in Nairobi, burnt two cars, robbed a hawker, smashed windows and destroyed air conditioners during a prayer meeting at the Ligi Ndogo grounds. They had this message for the criminals; we will hunt you down and we will get you.
They have pictures of other people pulling down a poster and setting it on fire and attacking motorists.
Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said yesterday that the suspects face various charges, including sabotage, looting, robbery with violence, malicious damage to property, arson and assault.
‘‘We intend to arrest and charge them with criminal offences because we have evidence against them,” he said.
“The evidence we have does not show people demonstrating; it is people engaging in criminal activities like lighting a fire on someone’s car, pulling down a wall and using violence to rob someone.” He said the pictures show groups of people breaking into a car at the Telkom exchange, removing a radio and a battery from it and setting it on fire.
Most of the offences were committed at Ligi Ndogo, Yaya Centre and the Mathare slum.
The Kilimani and Kasarani divisional CID have been instructed by Vigilance House, the police headquarters, to track down the suspects and arraign them in court.
In a separate development, 20 people, among them 12 councillors, a university lecturer and a former senior police officer — all from Rift Valley province — as well as a Kisumu businessman have appeared in court in connection with the violence that has so far claimed more than 1,000 lives and uprooted about 600,000 others. The councillors, from Eldoret, Baringo, Buret, Nandi and Trans Nzoia, were released on bond and ordered to keep the peace as investigations continue.