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State House: Stolen BMW not presidential escort

29 August 2014, 13:16 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government has denied reports that a car stolen from a presidential guard was part of the president's escort.

There have been reports that the BMW car, stolen Wednesday night in Ruai was part of the presidential escort.

Some sources in State House even went as far as denying there was a vehicle stolen but Esipisu was adamant that there was nothing sinister in the whole matter.

" We would like to confirm an incident involving a BMW 735, purchased in 2000, and belonging to the Kenya Police Service, registration number GK A374E, and using civilian number plate KAW 479Y, he said Friday.

He then went on to narrate the incident.

" On Wednesday, at 9.30 pm, the car’s driver, Chief Inspector Machui of the Kenya Police Service, was accosted by four armed men near Ruai, Nairobi. The men drove the Chief Inspector around the city for a few hours, setting him free at about 2.30 am at Mihango, next to the Administration Police Training College, Embakasi. They roughed him up but he is not in distress. He was robbed of KES 60,000 in cash and a mobile phone, he confirmed.

He also admitted that the vehicle was yet to be found again insisting that it was just an ordinary car.

" The men took off with the vehicle, which is used for police business. A search was immediately launched but the car is yet to be recovered. Again, This was an ordinary car. It is not armour-plated. It is not a limousine. It is not part of the Presidential fleet. It is not a Presidential Escort car.

And with panic levels rising after a spate of robbery attempts in the city in recent weeks, Esipisu called for calm and asked for vigilance from all.

" As the government always emphasizes, security is a shared responsibility and all drivers should be aware of their surroundings at all times to avoid such incidences. Statistics clearly show a drop in crime in our nation’s capital in recent months and in other parts of the country. And further gains can be guaranteed by vigilance by all Kenyans, he said.

The incident is not the first to affect a person close to the president, with his Aunt having also been carjacked earlier in the year.

Just a few weeks ago, the head of communications at the office of Deputy President William Ruto, was also carjacked and robbed of valuables by thugs.

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