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Posted by African Press International on July 3, 2018

  • By  Dickens Wasonga
    Residents of Kisumu wants the police to stem the spiraling cases of thuggery within Kisumu city and its satellite towns.
    Members of the public are now a worried lot over  the increasing  attacks  of the gun wielding gangsters which has left some people dead and others nursing serious gun wounds .
    The outcry comes hot  in the wake of an incident along Kisian- Kisumu highway on Friday night  last week that saw thugs shoot dead a lead research scientist attached to the KEMRI – CDC Kisian center.
    Prof Odada was shot and wounded by thugs at night ,around 11 PM and later succumbed to the gun shot wounds while receiving treatment at the Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu.
    He is said to have been accosted by the gunmen who had earlier attempted to raid the home of Kisumu based  top surgeon  Dr James  Otieno Obondi.
    The incident was reported just a few days following another one where a man who was alleged to  have picked up a Woman in Kondele area allegedly killed her before the suspect was also killed by a mob.
    The body of the slain woman was reportedly discovered  in the suspect’s house at Car -Wash area   by neighbors while  hidden in a suit- case. The  reason behind the killing was yet to be established.
    And in Muhoroni,   a woman and her baby were allegedly killed by a house -help who later escaped.
    The woman was said to be from one of the neighboring countries .Police are following leads to arrest her .
    Cases of house breaking are also becoming common in most of the estates within Kisumu City  with the criminals targeting electronic appliances and other valuables .
    Estates such as Lolwe, Car wash, Migosi, Mamboleo, Riat, Nyamasaria are some of the worst -hit by the current  wave of the burglary attacks where residents have repeatedly reported loss of household goods.
    Not long  ago a Kisumu based TV journalist working at the nation media group Kisumu office  had her residence raided . Namukabu Werunga of NTV lost most of her household goods at Migosi estate.
    The thugs sneaked in at her house at  night and the TV journalist  got a rude shock when she woke up in the morning to an empty living room.
    Earlier, Justus Ochieng , also of  Nation Kisumu bureau  lost items of unknown value in a similar  attack at his Mamboleo residence forcing him to relocate to another estate within the city .
    Justus immediately  reported the matter to the police at the  Mamboleo patrol base and a suspect was later arrested with a lap top following a police swoop.
    The case which has also been rocked with controversies over claims of exhibit alterations is still  pending in court awaiting hearing and determination at Winam law court although the prosecution on one hand has been pushing the complainant to have it withdrawn in Kisumu
    In some instances, the daring thugs attack even when the occupants of the houses are still awake and violently cart- away the priced items with lap top , flat screen TV sets ,  micro waves, and gas cookers forming the list of the most sought – after items by these gangs.
    Residents suspect that they could also be using chemicals that they  spray so that their victims sleep soundly as they stage the break- in .
    Motor – cycle riders, especially those who operate in the town and within the estates at night have also fallen victims of the attackers some of whom pose as passengers only to turn ion the riders at gun point.
    Many have been injured while several others have lost their motorbikes to the marauding gangs who seems to be having a field day.
    Unconfirmed reports also claimed that two weeks ago, thugs held petrol attendants and unsuspecting clients  hostage for several hours at Mamba filling station before making away with thousands of shillings of looted cash after the ordeal.
    The thugs, according to unofficial reports were armed with  guns and  also wore police uniforms.
      However, the top police command   in the region remained tight lipped on the matter declining to respond to our efforts  to have them confirm or deny the allegations about the petrol station takeover.  Efforts to get comments over the same bore no fruits from the police who had texts messages sent to them .
    Cases of people losing mobile phones especially at the main bus park and and at the Kondele round- about where thugs on foot roam and  ambush unsuspecting phone users and snatch their handsets while in matatus is no longer news to write about. This even with the advanced technology that can help police to tack down and nab suspected mobile phone snatchers

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