Investors raise alarm over increased robbery cases
10 November 2014, 22:55
Nyeri - Investors and businessmen have raised an alarm over the increased cases of broad day-light robberies targeting business premises in Nyeri town.
The entrepreneurs warned that the rising spate of insecurity cases in the area will drive away potential investors if police and county government do not intervene.
Speaking during a business forum organized by Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a Nyeri town hotel, the issue of insecurity cases dominated the meeting with every speaker accusing police of laxity.
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The armed robbers who have been travelling on a motorbike have been mostly targeting motorists, private clinics, wholesale shops, supermarkets and money outlet (MPESA) shops.
The investors drawn from various parts of the country expressed their anger against the police for failing to enhance security and thus enabling robbers get playfield to perpetrate their crimes.
Last week armed robbers walked into a private hospital and made away with KES.300,000 and a number of cheques.
The said robbers first posed as patients and were moving from one office to another with medical enquiries.
In the same week a supermarket worker was robbed more than KES.250,000 at gun point.
“Security is paramount for businesses to thrive and government should reinforce CCTV installation in every business premises,” they said.
The businessmen further decried over what they said were high cost of getting a county government permit in order to operate a business in Nyeri County.
“Getting a business permit is costly and also very time consuming. You just open a business thinking that you have the permit and moments later a man gets in saying you don’t have a certain licence and you must acquire it,” said the incensed investors.
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