STEVE MKAWALE NAKURU; KENYA: A wave of violent robberies and killings has raised fear over

spiralling crime in Nakuru County. Residents say efforts to give vital information to the police about

suspects and their whereabouts, have not yielded fruits.    Read more at:

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The arrest and arraignment of three ‘Flying Squad officers’ attached to Naivasha Police Station in court

over robbery with violence was clear evidence why the rate of crime is soaring in the county. Naftali Muira

Mwangi, Stephen Ndirangu Mbathia, Eric Mulinge Makau appeared before Nakuru Senior Principal

Magistrate Loise Komingoi and denied the charges. The three were charged that on July 11 this year at

Naivasha town while armed with a pistol they violently robbed Isaac Ndungu Mungai of $10,000. Ndirangu

was additionally charged with preparing to commit a felony after he was arrested with assorted chemicals,

two syringes, a motor vehicle registration number plate, two mobile phone SIM cards among other items.


The case is pending in court. In a another incident, Dr Jesse Mwangi, an Egerton University lecturer was

shot dead by a gang of armed gangsters who abducted him as he left a local hotel where he was chairing a

wedding committee meeting for one of his friends. He was shot in the back as he fled from the gangsters

after his vehicle got stuck in the mud. So daring are the gangs operating in Nakuru town that they carry out

frequent and daylight attacks on one business premise three times in a span of two months. A foreign

investor dealing in export of wool is now contemplating closing down his business and relocating elsewhere

following attacks by armed robbers who recently snatched his firearm. In three attacks at the Nakuru’s

Industrial Area, the investor has lost more than Sh5 million. “This is too much for me. I lost money and my

firearm in three attacks. What next?” posed the trader who did not want to be named for security reasons.

Other manufacturers in the Kenya Industrial Estate have not been spared either. A cigarette packing

company, a bakery and a milk processing company are among the latest victims of the armed robbers.

Most of the companies that have fallen victims to the marauding gangsters, declined to reveal the amounts

of cash lost in the incidences and instead referred us to the police. Statistics obtained from the Rift Valley

Provincial Police Headquarters in Nakuru indicate a rise in homicide, rape, defilement and armed

robberies. In the past six months -January to June this year, the region recorded a total of 10, 000 offences.

Half of that are homicide, carjacking, rape and robberies. In June there were 76 murders, 21 more than

what was reported in January. The number of armed robberies shot up from 78 in January to 87 in June,

while cases of rape went up from 127 to 144 in the same period. According to police statistics of burglary,

which have gone down from 166 in January to 143 last month. However, there was an upsurge in cases of

theft of motor vehicles from 24 to 30 within the same period. Although the report is silent about the recovery

rate of the stolen vehicles, and arrest of suspects, police sources told The Standard on Saturday that not

much has been achieved. “We have only managed to recover two of the stolen vehicles, the rest cannot be

traced,” said an officer privy to the investigations. Mobile phone money transfer vendors in Nakuru town

have become easy targets for gangs that operate in broad daylight. Six dealers in the money transfer

service and a commercial bank along Kenyatta Avenue are the latest victims of the gangsters. Total

amount stolen from the dealers and the financial institution is estimated at Sh500, 000 in a span of four

months. Sources we spoke to revealed that a 40-year-old teacher that was raped and murdered in January

had reported SMS threats to her life at Bondeni Police Station. The woman, who taught at PCEA

Jitegemea School in Shabab estate, was lured out of her home at around 9pm one night. Killed “We were

left helpless and they finally came and killed her,” said Paul a relative. “The police came to collect her body.


They never protected her while alive.” Paul says the police are yet to arrest any suspect in connection with

the incident. This is even after getting information about the phone number that sent the threatening

messages before the killing and other crucial leads. “It is a conspiracy. People get killed, the police do

nothing,” said the distraught man. “Either they are part of the ring or they have been beaten at their game.”

In another incident, a senior civil servant was carjacked and robbed of her phone, vehicle and ATM cards.


The woman says the thugs continue to use the stolen phone, which has a tracker and sends an alert

whenever a new SIM card is inserted. Despite the numbers inserted on the phone for short durations being

forwarded to DCIO, she says no effort has been made to arrest the gangsters. “It is shocking such a thing

can happen and begs the question: Are the police protecting criminals?” posed the civil servant. Recently,

the Nakuru Business Association Chairman Jayantilal Shah and his wife were brutally murdered while on

their way home after escorting friends. Police are yet to arrest any suspects. Police in the area have also

been accused of misuse of firearms. Recently in Nakuru town a plainclothes police officer shot and

seriously injured a PSV driver, Peter Njoroge, 49. Data obtained by The Standard on Saturday shows an

increase in economic crimes in the same period. Obtaining money by false pretence, currency forgery and

fraud shot up from 58 offences in January to 67 in June. Some criminals including self-confessed   murderers, claimed to be working with the force. The situation is worsened by weaknesses in the police’s

investigation arms, and failure to arrest suspects, and bring them to book. In most instances, cases

collapse due to police ineptness or corruption. “I have been robbed three times in the last one month.

Police react so late and no arrests have been made,” said Ms Joyce Kimani a resident of London estate.

Nakuru OCPD Bernard Kioko admitted that some areas had become notorious for carjacking and attacks

by thugs but added that they were doing all they can to curb crime in the town. “We are doing our best and

on incidences where officers have been implicated, we take action,” he said. Mr Kioko admitted the police

force was concerned about rising insecurity in Shabab, Nakuru North Cemetery area, Section 58, Afraha

Stadium, Freehold, Mbaruk, Machine, Barnabas, Kwa Mzee Wanyama, Ngata and London estate.   Read

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