Gangland Kenya : Angola - Msumbiji, a Blast from the past

[INDENT]Angola-Msumbiji was formed in the 70s as a criminal gang, by young people mainly from Bunyore, Kisa, Marama, Idakho, Isukha, Butsotso, Maragoli, and Wanga communities in Vihiga and Kakamega districts [of Kenya]. They came together to mainly have a strong gang that would [COLOR=rgb(85, 57, 130)]target business people with impunity. They would [COLOR=rgb(85, 57, 130)]warn their would-be victims of their intended raid [that] would subsequently be executed without fail and with ruthlessness, especially if the victims had shown signs of resistance. They would go to the extent of seriously maiming people with machetes in the course of their well-calculated incursions.[/INDENT]
[INDENT]In the late 70s and 80s, politicians from the western province succumbed to the temptation of using the well-organized goons to unleash terror on their opponents. The gangs would carry out the job according to the “contract” for a fee. They slowly became thugs-for-hire and they would be at the service of the politician who would pay them a good amount to do anything – literally.[/INDENT]
[INDENT]Later the local business people and politicians found other uses for them. They would be used to repulse the [COLOR=rgb(85, 57, 130)]Kalenjin warriors who would attack the Luhyas during an outbreak of ethnic clashes in the 80’s. Both sides suffered heavy casualties as a result of the fierce clashes.[/INDENT]
[INDENT]Activities started dying out in the late 80s and early 90s mainly due to police crackdown of the militia group and reluctance of the young people to be conscripted into the gang. At around the same time, some copycat ragtag gangs of thieves managed to create confusion about the real identity of the original group, which demystified them. In peoples’ minds the group had disintegrated and a few managed to resist blackmail successfully.[/INDENT]
[INDENT][Until] now, the name “[COLOR=rgb(41, 105, 176)]Angola-Msumbiji” is still in use but by a few thugs who still engage in robbing people in the area, albeit in a much lower scale. Some of them are mere petty thieves who just steal to get basic needs (2 Dec. 2002).[/INDENT]

names of gang leaders ?

our western region is thoroughly inflitrated by ugandan intelligence, who do all manner of things there. mainly sabotage.
our coastal region is thoroughly infiltrated by tanzanian intelligence, who do all manner of things there. mainly sabotage.

@uwesmake (Nappy seal)
@Mundu Mulosi

NappySeal is still hiding in the sewage tunnels

As a young boy I would tremble at the mention of msumbichi…used to give me real nightmares…and all this was just from hearing about their exploits

Always sponsored by politicians or business people. In Bungoma there was Moja Kwisha in late 80s killing local businessmen. Turns out they were sponsored by a prominent Somali businesswoman in the town to kill off competition. She pioneered supermarket business in Bungoma. Police were well aware of it but did nothing.