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Nairobi CBD fights reputation as high risk security area

25 February 2014, 18:35 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Nairobi's Central Business District CBD is experiencing a recurrent theme of insecurity and fighting, a growing belief that it is chronically insecure.

The CBD has seen an increase in the number of cases of gun wielding thugs rampaging the streets and more worrying has been the fact that they are doing so during the day.

Early Tuesday, a woman lost her life when she was shot by a stray bullet from the police, chasing down gangsters in the CBD close to Moi Avenue while a number were injured in the melee.

And although two thugs died in the incident, the question that reigned was are Kenyans safe in the CBD?

" The war on crime has to continue regardless of where and when it is happening and even though it is sad that a civilian lost her life, police have to be given their space to operate, Central Police deputy OCPD Julius Kyombule.

It is not just the war on crime that has Nairobians running scared. The manner in which the level of crime has risen in the CBD is even more scary.

Just last week, a man was shot by suspected thugs who waylaid him after leaving a bank in the CBD. A few days earlier, a woman carrying some money from the Ambassadeur hotel was also shot. The stories are endless and all taking place during the day.

" We do not feel safe any more in the CBD, be it during the day or at night and that is worrying for us, Rachel Mwangangi a businesswoman in the CBD said.

" It is sad that our city has been taken over by thugs and there seems to be nothing the police can do, Albert Musyoki, a hardware shop owner added.

The police though are confident and they feel the fact that they are catching up with criminals shows progress.

" It is progress, however small, it is progress and we will continue looking at the positives, Kyombule added.

With incidences of gun-related crime, car-jackings and murders in the CBD filling the headlines on a daily basis, it is difficult to know whether the city centre will ever be rid of crime.

Kenyans will hang on the hope that it will get better and lives will not be lost needlessly, but the statistics look grim.

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