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Kenyans react to police officer’s phone snatched while controlling traffic in Roysambu Nairobi



In what has been dubbed – on social media – as one of the most daring stunts Nairobi robbers have unleashed in the recent past, a police officer controlling traffic at the Roysambu roundabout on Thika Road in Nairobi, lost his phone to criminals aboard a motorcycle in a split second incident.

The brazen theft was recorded on a motorist’s dashboard camera a few minutes past 5pm on Tuesday, July 6.

The footage shows three people aboard a motorbike approaching the roundabout from Thika side. Upon reaching where the police officer was – near the diversion towards Kasarani –  one of the two pillion passengers stretched his hand out and grabbed the phone from the traffic police officer’s right ear. All that happened in a thunderbolt.

Shocked, the officer attempted to run after the robbers, but gave up – almost immediately – on realising they had significantly widened the distance.

Appearing confused, the cop went to a nearby boda boda rider, who was watching the happenings quietly, and engaged him in a brief talk.

The video ends by showing the officer controlling traffic, in what some online users termed as the “swift acceptance of what had happened”.

Several social media users condemned the incident, wondering what the criminals would do to civilians who have no security training or protective equipment like police officers.

The Standard reached Kasarani OCPD Peter Mwanzo for a comment in regard to the incident.

“I’m seeking to establish which officer lost his phone to the robbers. The officer I initially suspected to be the victim has denied being the one. So, I’m currently heading to the said-scene, and will be in a position to give more information later,” Mwanzo said, adding: “The reason I’m finding it difficult to establish the identity of the victim is because none of my juniors reported the incident to me.”

Nairobi regional police boss Augustine Nthumbi told The Standard he had seen the video circulating on social media, but was yet to receive a report from Kasarani about the robbery.

“I’m seeking more information about the incident,” he said, adding: “However, I’d want to assure you that it won’t take long for the robbers to be arrested. When such incidents occur, you’d hear we’ve arrested the suspects two or three days later.”

Nthumbi urged city residents, who claim “they are on their own, when it comes to safety assurance”, to be vigilant while walking in the central business district, even as police strive to ensure law and order is maintained.

“Even as police try everything possible to ensure your safety is guaranteed, you, as a civilian, also have a role to play. We call this approach ‘crime prevention through environmental design’, where your role is to ensure you are not exposing yourself to criminals, or giving criminals an easier access to your property,” he said.

“For instance, if you know there are chances a thug would snatch your phone while text-walking in Nairobi’s central business district, then you can prevent the theft from happening by storing your phone in the pocket or a safer place like the bag. We’re trying everything possible to secure Nairobi, but there can’t be a policeman assigned to guard every citizen. Let’s be careful, even as police try their best to provide security,” added Nthumbi.

The city police boss said their efforts to minimise brazen robberies in the commercial hub have not been futile, only that “they have not been vocal about their gains”.

“Cases of muggings have reduced in Nairobi. You can take a day or two before hearing of a mugging case. That shows that we are working, though silently,” he said.

Early July, the National Police Service said it would deploy more patrol officers in Nairobi following a public outcry over a spike in muggings and thefts.

Nairobi police boss Nthumbi said the officers will include GSU, regular police and plainclothes officers.

“Do not be scared if you come across many officers in uniform and plain clothes. They are deployed to protect you from muggers, robbers and other petty criminals that you have been complaining about on social media,” he said.

Kenyans on social media, who fell victim to muggers in the CBD, urged other residents to avoid locations in the city marked as notorious hideouts for gangs robbing pedestrians and motorists.

The gang is reported to be working in cahoots with street children who attack uncooperative targets.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in late June asked Nairobi residents to report cases of muggings and robberies instead of taking to social media only to lament.

“Many are scenarios when suspected muggers go scot free even after they have been arrested along various streets and walks within the CBD, as the few who report at the station fail to pursue their cases or never turn up for hearings,” the DCI said on Twitter.

The daily robberies occur despite existence of Sh14 billion surveillance cameras mounted in different locations in Nairobi.



Journalist Hassan Mugambi set to wed former video vixen Mwanaidi



By Wanja Waweru

Hassan Mugambi, a reporter for Citizen TV, is getting hitched to Mwanaidi Shishy.

A celebration that the journalist will host will be attended by close relatives and friends.

Friends of Mugambi congratulated him on his impending nuptials on social media.

His colleague and fellow journalist Ayub Abdikadir sent him well wishes as he started his married life.

Former video vixen Mwanaidi now runs the Mama Nilishe restaurant in Kilimani, which serves Swahili food.

Mugambi is a well-known journalist who has won numerous honors over his career.

His career began at the Kibra radio station Pamoja FM, and it later moved to CGTN, formerly CCTV.

Later, he was hired by K24, a channel owned by Mediamax, before switching to Citizen TV in 2017.

Mugambi won the Outstanding Media Security Investigative Award for the year 2019.

He received praise from the Protective and Safety Association of Kenya (PROSAK) for his excellent and dependable reporting on security issues in the nation.

At the Nairobi Security Expo in 2023, he received the Security and Crime Reporter of the Year 2023 honor.

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Eric Omondi flies to London for lunch to prove a point to Moses Kuria



By Wanja Waweru

The Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has received criticism from content creator and comedian Eric Omondi for admitting that he regretted supporting his tour to the United States seven years ago.

Eric, who has argued forcefully against the Finance Bill 2023, has gone to London “for lunch” to show Mr. Kuria that he can afford to pay for his travel expenses.

The comedian pleaded with the CS in a post on his Instagram account not to accept the planned taxation of content producers so that they may also travel in Business Class without receiving financial help from politics.

“After hearing Moses Kuria speak, I decided to take myself to London just for Lunch and also thank God for how far He’s brought us. Thank you bwana Kuria for sponsoring my tour seven years ago but please don’t tax content creators 15% so that they are able to tour on their own,” he said.

Mr. Kuria criticized Eric on live television on Wednesday at the Citizen TV-hosted Big Conversation debate for criticizing the government regarding the draft Bill.

He expressed sorrow over what he claimed to have funded Eric for a vacation to the US seven years prior, claiming that he might have instead had fun with the money.

“I have heard Eric Omondi claiming he is a youth. Seven years ago I used my own money to take him to America to expose him and right now, according to the way he is talking, I wished I used that money to party because it doesn’t seem like he learned anything from it,” Mr Kuria said from Belarus.

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Kakamega family demands justice after botched treatment leads to 3-year-old losing five fingers



By Wanja Waweru

A family from Bukhaywa village, Lurambi Constituency, Kakamega county, is calling for justice after their three-year-old son’s right hand was amputated of all the fingers due to improper treatment.

“My son had a burn on his left hand and was in a stable condition when we took him to hospital, but because of the doctor’s negligence, all his right fingers were cut off and he is disabled now,” the victim’s father Mr Zephaniah Likavo said.

Winnie Auma, the mother of the victim, claimed that the nurse was an intern who gave her son an incorrect drug injection. When she witnessed how the son’s body responded, she reported the incident to the doctor, but nothing was done about it.

“My son was crying in pain and the colour of his hand changed. I wondered what was happening and reported to the doctor, but no action was taken. Instead, he said it was normal for such a reaction to happen,” she said

The family claims they received word shortly after that their son’s fingers would need to be amputated in order to stop an infection.

The management of the hospital refuted the accusations, claiming that the family had moved their son to a different facility where his fingers had been severed.

“We treated their son and there was a challenge in finding the vein in the hand, so it affected his fingers and later they wanted a transfer to another hospital for specialised treatment. That’s where they amputated the fingers,” the official said.

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