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Muggings in CBD: Nairobians share their horrific experiences

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Muggers attack a woman in the city centre. PHOTO | FILE

By HILARY KIMUYU

The city centre has turned into a hot spot of muggings and the cases are skyrocketing by the day.

Pedestrians are being mugged by brazen street gangs despite a promise months ago by Governor Mike Sonko to set up an anti-mugging crack unit.

The muggers are not shy and will attack their victims in broad daylight.

Nairobians have taken to social media to share their horrific experiences under the hands of their tormentors. Videos and images of pedestrians being attacked in the city centre have now gone viral.

Suspected muggers arrested in the city centre by City Askaris. PHOTO | FILE

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Suspected muggers arrested in the city centre by City Askaris. PHOTO | FILE

Ken Nzuki describes how a friend’s phone was snatched in CBD while he was on a call,

“Nairobi’s CBD is a movie. A friend’s phone was snatched while she was on a call. The ‘snatcher’ didn’t run but instead demanded for 3k so he could return it.. So my friend negotiated the ‘ransom’ down to 1k. Imagine bargaining to have YOUR phone returned!”

“The snatcher of my phone calmly walked away before [he] slipped under the bridge at Museum Hill. There were 3 traffic policemen who came looked over the bridge (he could still be seen) and said, ‘Madam, hiyo ni ya kureport…” lamented Everlyn Mang’au.

Clear Quartz narrated how despite her cries for help no came to her rescue; “Mine was snatched and the saddest part was shouting ‘thief’ and the guys who were around just watched and after dialing it he asked to have sex with me so that he can give back my phone.”

Another victim who only goes by the name Ben said he tried to negotiate but all he got was a few items; “Me I tried by paying them 500 Kshs for my phone, they threw SIM card, ID and ATM and vanished even with the wallet. Moi Avenue achieves hapo. Tao ni ngori.”

“My friend and I got robbed hapo Moi Avenue Safaricom Shop. They had all the time to even demand we show them our Mpesa balances, after kuibiwa tukaambiwa tukimbie na tusiangalie nyuma,” narrated Mike Congo.

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Starlets pooled in Group A of 2022 AWCON Qualifiers

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Harambee Starlets has been drawn in Group A of the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers in the draw hosted by the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The first round will see Kenya play against South Sudan as Uganda faces off against Ethiopia, Eritrea against Burundi, and Djibouti up against  Rwanda.

Should Starlets proceed past South Sudan, they are set to face off against either Uganda or Ethiopia in the second round. The winners on aggregate will qualify to join hosts Morocco in the regional showpiece.

The first and second leg fixtures of the first round will be played between June 7 and June 15th, 2021 with the second round’s first and second leg fixtures will be held between October 18 and October 29, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Kenya U20 women team has also been pooled in Group A alongside Uganda, Burundi, Malawi, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, and Zambia, in the second round of the 2022 FIFA U20 Women World Cup qualifiers.

Kenya will play against Uganda and before being one of the two African representatives in the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, they will have to go through three more rounds

The women’s U20 continental showpiece first leg fixtures will take place between January 13, and January 15, 2021, with the second leg fixtures to be held between January 27, and January 29, 2021.

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Ugandan official arrested with ivory worth Kshs.3M in Busia – KBC

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Busia DCIO, Benard Wamalwa, displaying the three pieces of ivory in his office on Monday. He urged the local residents to volunteer information of suspected individuals dealing in the illegal trade

Police in Busia have arrested a Senior Security Officer from Uganda in possession of three pieces of animal trophies worth Kshs 3 million street value.

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Kennedy Wabwire, was arrested on Friday at around 2.00 pm through a tip off from members of the public.

“We got information that some Ugandan Nationals were on a mission to traffic ivory into Kenya with the aim of selling,” said Busia DCIO, Benard Wamalwa.

Wamalwa said that police officers liaised with the informer and lured the suspects that the buyer was waiting for the items at one of the Mosques in Busia town.

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“The suspects arrived in two motorbikes and we managed to arrest one as the other one fled,” he said, adding that the arrested suspect is a lieutenant working in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UBDF) in Uganda.

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The suspect, Kennedy Wabwire, after being arrested by police officers in Busia.

He stated that the suspect has been taken to court and will be charged with being in possession of wildlife trophies contrary to Section 95 of the Wildlife Conservation Management Act of 2013.

Efforts are still underway to arrest the other culprits who escaped on another motorcycle with a sack of ivory,” he said, adding that the suspect disclosed that they used the Mariachi route to access the Mosque.

The officer further said that the boda boda rider who was carrying the suspects has also been arrested and has recorded statements with the police as a witness.

Wamalwa urged the local residents to report suspected people dealing in the any illegal activity, adding trade in ivory was affecting both Kenya and Uganda negatively through loss of revenue that could be gotten from tourism.

“If we fail to report such cases, we will not only lose elephants but also other animals,” he said, adding that security officers cannot succeed without collaboration from the local residents.

The official who addressed the press in his office expressed concern that trade in ivory was becoming rampant at the border, stating that this is the third incident.

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Mike Sonko gives Ksh 10,000 pocket money to stranded schoolgirl

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Former Nairobi Governer Mike Mbuvi Sonko surprised a student heading to school with Sh 10,000 for pocket money.

Sonko bumped into the girl, all dressed in school uniform at a highway motel late Sunday night.

The student, who was on transit from Kisii was sleeping at an outdoor bench in the motel when Sonko bumped into her.

“Students your parents sacrifice alot to make you study some of you undergo very difficult situations in the process of learning. While on our way back to Nairobi,I stopped for a short call and was very much touched to find a school girl sleeping on the bench at a highway hotel coz there was no means of transport,” wrote Sonko on his Instagram page.

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The former Governor took her to nearby supermarket, asked her to pick anything from the shelf assuring her he would pay for it.

He also asked her if his team could escort her to school, but the student turned down the offer.

Sonko later on asked the staff at the motel to provide her a room to spend the night before embarking on her journey to school.

The flamboyant politician has always expressed a desire to help the less fortunate in the society.

When he is not helping, his organisation; Sonko Rescue Team takes charge of some situations.

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