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Robbery incidences by thugs in police uniform alarms Diani residents

22 September 2014, 23:00

Diani - The Bongwe Gombato ward representative Aswani Boga has decried the high rate of robbery cases by people posing as police officers in Diani. He says that the armed gang robs cash from residents at gun point after escorting them in a car and dropping them at around Ng’ombeni area near Likoni.

The MCA said he was robbed of his Kes 40, 000 after withdrawing it from one of the banks in Diani while escorting a musician to a nearby hotel.

Boga said that police should be playing their roles of protecting citizens and their properties.

Addressing locals outside Diani chiefs’ office on Sunday during the International peace day, Boga said for the last one year over 22 people have been killed in the area by unknown people at gun point.

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Among those killed, Boga said are witnesses to various court cases blaming police for failure to protect them as required by witness protection laws.

He said locals don’t have faith with police and that will cause them not to be free to give information for fear of falling victims of attacks.

“The issue of insecurity is wanting because if I can be a victim of robbery what of my own people? Something needs to be done by those mandated to protect citizens,’ he said.

He said that those who robbed him of his cash were in police uniform and behaved like police until they escorted him into their car.

“There are two banks in Diani where the gang uses a probox vehicle, they escort you after withdrawing claiming they have some questions for you just to realize they are robbers,” said Boga.

Apart from him, Boga said other people were robbed of their Kes 300,000 after withdrawing in the area by the same gang.

“How do they do that in front of police manning the banks? It is not possible for them to be strangers in the area,” he lamented.

Boga said the national government is proving to be incompetent stressing the need for a referendum.

“A boda boda operator was robbed of his money and motor cycle by the same people. Things are becoming serious. It is not laughing matter, police must play their role,” he said.

Msambweni assistant deputy county commissioner Justus Maina and Diani AP commander Gilbert Nyunyi said they will do their best to tighten security around banks.

Nyunyi said that no such cases reported to them or witnessed by his officers who are the majority manning banks in the tourist’s town.

“We have not seen anyone being arrested near the ATMs as claimed by the MCA,” said Nyunyi.

Commissioner Justus Maina said although security is a function of the national government it is a role of every citizen.

“Let us expose criminals even if they are our sisters by all means so that they don’t realize we have reported them,” he said.

Maian said that they will pull up their socks and talk to their officers to enhance security in the area.

He observed that although most of the criminals come from Likoni and Tiwi, Diani has also some who terrorize residents.

Maina said comparing now with recently criminal cases has gone down. Headline: Kwale MCA decry high rate of robbers posing as police in Diani tourist town


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