, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 26 – City residents celebrated a crime-free Christmas despite imminent threats from Al Shabaab and other criminal networks, in what police attributed to community policing.
Nairobi Provincial Police chief Antony Kibuchi said they did not record any major crime incident in the city during Christmas, other than the ones involving the lynching of two suspected muggers.
“We did not record major incidents. The city residents had a crime-free environment to celebrate Christmas,” the police chief told Capital News on telephone adding “we are working very closely with members of the public.”
Kibuchi told Capital News he has intensified security patrols in the city centre and all estates to keep away criminals.
“We are not taking any chances at all because we want to ensure Nairobi is safe,” he said.
“In Nairobi, we only had two incidents one occurred in Kariobangi South where a man was beaten to death when he was found breaking into someone’s house,” the PPO said.
The owner of the house is said to have traveled upcountry to celebrate Christmas.
Another suspected robber was stoned to death by a mob when he allegedly tried to steal a mobile phone from a pedestrian in Msalaba area of Kawangware.
Kibuchi is appealing to city residents to remain alert and inform law enforcers of any suspicious people in their surrounding in line with the community policing spirit.
“I am urging everyone to remain alert, if we all remain alert and work together we will succeed in fighting crime,” he said.
In his Christmas message, Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere assured that his officers would remain on high alert during the Christmas festivities due to terror threats issued by Al Shabaab militants.
Since then, police have arrested eight men they describe as dangerous and “who are out plotting terror.”
Six of them were arrested last week while two surrendered on Saturday, hours after their photographs were circulated by Police Spokesman Eric Kiraithe.
The two who surrendered were identified as Sylvester Owino Opiyo aka Musa Osodo born in 1985 in Siaya district, Nyanza and Hussein Nderitu Abbas aka Mohamed of Nyeri district born in 1978.
Police have not released identities of the six other suspects detained earlier but the Police Spokesman said “all of them are being interrogated and would appear in court after Christmas.” He did not specify charges they are likely to face.