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Four arrested in connection with carjacking syndicate in Nairobi

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Detectives have in the last four days arrested four people who they believe are part of a gang that has been carjacking motorists then dismantling the vehicles before selling them as spare parts.

Three suspects were arrested in Kahawa West on Saturday during a sting operation mounted by officers from the Flying Squad and regular police officers attached to Kasarani Police Division.

Officers from Kasarani Police Station together with detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) display motor vehicle number plates and stolen car parts which were recovered from a garage located along Outering Road near the Kariobangi Junction.PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Officers from Kasarani Police Station together with detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) display motor vehicle number plates and stolen car parts which were recovered from a garage located along Outering Road near the Kariobangi Junction.PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Another suspect was arrested on Sunday and is also helping police with investigations.

Police identified the suspects as Mr Francis Adabu Kinyanjui, Mr Stephen Njoroge Njihia, Ms Gladys Wanjiku and a fourth one only known as Ann.

Detectives believe that the suspects are members of a gang that spikes revellers’ drinks in city clubs before they steal their vehicles.

According to Kasarani OCPD Peter Kimani, the gang would fist identify their victims as they drove into entertainment spots such as bars and clubs.

Mr Kimani said the suspects were arraigned on Monday and that they were still in custody after prosecutors requested the court to allow their detention pending completion of investigations into the syndicate.

Officers from Kasarani Police Station together with detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at a garage located along Outering Road near the Kariobangi Junction where a number of motor vehicle number plates and stolen car parts were recovered. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Officers from Kasarani Police Station together with detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at a garage located along Outering Road near the Kariobangi Junction where a number of motor vehicle number plates and stolen car parts were recovered. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

ROBBING MOTORISTS

“The gang members have previous cases pending in Kilimani, Kamukunji, Thika and Kajiado, and have skipped bail in all these courts to continue robbing motorists. On average, the gang has been stealing between three and four cars every month. We were determined to stop the trend from becoming the norm in the city,” said Mr Kimani.

Police were forced to break in three different garages in Kariobangi South, Kayole and Dandora, where they discovered the stockpile including the number plates of a vehicle belonging to the East African Community secretariat.

Also recovered during the Saturday operation were two vehicles and SIM cards that the suspects are said to have stolen.

The value of the stash could not be immediately established but is estimated to be worth millions of shillings.

Police believe the suspects usually bring stolen cars to the three sites and then dismantle them before selling off the spare parts to unsuspecting buyers.

By Nairobi News

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Robbers on the prowl in city car parks

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Robbers are targeting motorists in towns across the country, with increased reports of people losing their belongings in parked vehicles.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, such intricate and well-coordinated robberies devoid of violence saw clients at malls and clubs lose valuable belongings leading to deployment of extra parking attendants.

Other gangs would masquerade as taxi operators and pitch camp near ATM booths targeting persons making large withdrawals.

The gangs seem to have returned in Thika and Nairobi.

On Wednesday evening, a senior official at Kiambu County Assembly was robbed outside Tedmart Supermarket in Ngoingwa.

She wanted to pick some groceries at the supermarket before heading home. Little did she know that she was being trailed by a gang that would eventually break into her car and steal from her.

It was until she walked out of the supermarket that she realised her car had been broken into. The CCTV footage from the supermarket shows a gang of three, two smartly dressed women and their male driver, stealing from her car.

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Kenyan man accused of rape by his Uber customer in California denies charges, seeks financial help

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BY FASTAC MUTUA

This fundraiser is meant to secure freedom  for one  Keneddy Wambua  Masila. Our son Ken, who is only 24 years old was arrested on June
10th, 2020 on allegations that he sexually violated a female passenger in his car
while working as an uber driver.

We believe these charges to be a complete  fabrication and that our son Ken has been wrongly accused.  According to Ken, on that fateful night he received a ping from the uber  system to pick up a passenger. Ken drove to the pickup location where he picked  up a lady who seemed to be intoxicated.

Just like he always did, he drove his  passenger to her destination and dropped her off. Ken has assured us that during  this trip nothing happened and that it was just one of the many trips he had  completed that day. He was later arrested on the aforementioned accusation.

We strongly believe that this is one of the many schemes perpetrated by individuals who allege sexual assault with the aim of suing Uber for damages. Our son is barely getting situated here in the United States. He was working two jobs to support his family and also going to school to secure a promising future for
himself. He has been falsely accused and his promising future put in jeopardy.

We have retained an attorney for Ken. Attorney cost is $12,500. His bail is set at
$20,000. Join us as we stand united with Ken.  We need funds urgently to pay for his bond  and retain the attorney. The funds will be a game changer for Ken who is now in custody and for his parents especially the mother who is currently ailing.
*We will not cease this fight until justice for Ken prevails!*

Please donate here: GoFundMe.com

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Kenyan business community lauds President Kenyatta for lifting the lockdown

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

The government has lifted the lockdown imposed earlier on major cities following the eruption of the Covid 19 pandemic. The announcement by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 6th July 2020 came just three days after Optiven Group CEO George Wachiuri called on the government to lift the lockdown. Wachiuri who was speaking in Kiambu County said this was imperative if the economy was to grow.

He added that, “while we support every effort to keep our people in good health, we have seen a large number sinking in to depression for lack of jobs and basic needs. The number of families seeking intervention for daily upkeep through the Optiven Foundation has grown tremendously in the last three months.

Wachiuri who is the chairman of the Optiven Foundation was referring to beneficiaries of the Spreading Hope campaign that was launched at the onset of the eruption of Covid 19. To date the Optiven Foundation has supported over 200 families under the campaign with beneficiaries domiciled in Kajiado, Machakos, Nairobi and Nyeri among others.

The eruption of Covid 19 pandemic has contributed to a rundown of the economy, affecting majority of sectors including health, manufacturing, education and many others.

With the pandemic came rising cases of infection and other unforeseen challenges that saw the government seeking partnership with stakeholders to mitigate the situation. Optiven Limited was among the first respondents with the company donating a quarter of a million to the national kitty. Wachiuri says, “as an investor in business in Kenya, Optiven felt this was our call to make a difference.

We believe in what the taskforce is doing to better the situation”. Through the award winning Foundation, the company has in 2020 continued to offer psycho-social support while adhering to the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization recommendations on engagement.

5 Key Facts On the Lifting of the Lockdown

  1. Cessation of movement in Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera lapses on 7th July 2020
  2. Curfew extended for 30 days
  3. Government to revert to lockdown if situation deteriorates or Covid 19 cases surge
  4. Vehicles traveling to and from areas that were previously restricted to be certified by the Ministry of Health
  5. On air travel, local travel to resume on 15th June 2020 while international travel to resume on 1st August 2020

Quote: “I urge all Kenyans to take personal responsibility and avoid unnecessary contact”.
Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
6/7/2020

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George Wachiuri: A Leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group

Contact Optiven Group: 0790 300 300
Email: admin@optiven.co.ke
Website: https://www.optiven.co.ke

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