Jun 28, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Identities of Rongai robbery gang suspects unmasked

Police have released the identities of three suspected robbers who were arrested on suspicion of taking part in an incident Sunday morning in which a woman was robbed at gunpoint at her home in Kandisi in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County was arrested.

As of Wednesday night, four suspects had been arrested and detectives were looking for two others, including the mastermind, who is believed to be a renegade police officer.

Police officials in Ongata Rongai said after the arrest that the suspects are linked in one way or another.

Among those arrested was 24-year-old Robert Kimani Irungu from Kware in Ongata Rongai.

“Kimani was owned of a Browning found pistol, serial number B436591, without magazine. The pistol was found hidden in a charcoal jiko in his one-bedroom rented home,” police said.

His alleged accomplices, also in custody, were Jane Achieng Ochieng from Kibera and John Ochieng Oranja from Bombolulu Kibera, both 21.

The fourth suspect is an M-Pesa companion.

In the meantime, police have recovered some of the items stolen from the victim’s home.


Police spokesman Bruno Shioso said they recovered a television, a sub-hoofer and clothing worn by the robbers during the incident.

“The trawl is being expanded to include more suspects to snatch escape. The Inspector General of Police has ordered a crackdown in and around Ongata Rongai areas, targeting organized criminal gangs who are terrorizing and robbing law-abiding citizens,” he added . Fred Matiang ‘I ordered the relocation of officers from the Kandisi Police Station to counteract the increasing insecurity in the area.

Dr. Matiang’i issued the order Monday after residents complained about the deteriorating security in the neighborhood. The CS also ordered all bars and liquor stores to be closed.

“A new team will be deployed to cover the entire area of ​​Kandisi and work hand-in-hand with the local police. All criminal activity must be recorded in the OB and forwarded to my office by Monday evening,” said Dr. Matiang’i.

Forensic investigators and officers from the DCI’s Major Crimes Unit spent the entire day combing the house where the robbery happened. They extracted CCTV footage and recorded statements from witnesses.

The woman’s husband, Mr Geofrey Otieno, had been traveling from Nairobi for work when the robbery took place. Only his wife, whose name was not published for security reasons, two children and a domestic help were present when the robbers struck.

A total of six men, including one whom investigators believe to be a rogue police officer, took part at the robbery. It is also suspected that the alleged officer was behind the robbery, prompting the Interior Ministry to crack down on the area.

Five such attacks were recorded in the Kandisi Police Station event book in the past three months. Neighboring properties were also shaken by the insecurity.