400 arrested in second Nairobi swoop

March 27, 2014 9:39 am
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Nairobi Deputy Commandant Moses Ombati said police recovered one pistol and a homemade gun as he vowed the operation would continue until they are satisfied the city is safe/XINHUA-File
Nairobi Deputy Commandant Moses Ombati said police recovered one pistol and a homemade gun as he vowed the operation would continue until they are satisfied the city is safe/XINHUA-File

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – Police in Nairobi arrested 450 more suspects on Wednesday night in the ongoing Usalama Watch Operation in the City.

Nairobi Deputy Commandant Moses Ombati said police recovered one pistol and a homemade gun as he vowed the operation would continue until they are satisfied the city is safe.
“We are going to ensure the city is free from muggers and those who have been carjacking people,” he said.

“We are in control and we will not relent in this fight.”

In two days of operation, he said over 900 people have been arrested and majority charged in court with various crimes.

This comes as police heighten security across the country amidst public outcry of cases of insecurity.

The security mop up follows increasing cases of gun attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa the latest being Sunday’s incident at a Likoni church where six worshippers were gunned down by three suspected terrorists.

The wave of crime has not spared even the highly profiled people in the country.

On March 12, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s aunt was carjacked in Nairobi.

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According to police, the gunmen carjacked the president’s kin identified as Jean Njeri Muhoho on Uhuru Highway at about 8pm.

She was taken to the Northern bypass where she was abandoned alongside the driver of the car, but none of them was harmed.

A week later, on March 19 Deputy President William Ruto’s Communications Secretary was also carjacked by gunmen near State House Nairobi, raising serious questions on security enforcement in a city that has witnessed an upsurge of crime.

David Mugonyi was getting home near St George’s School on Dennis Pritt Road at about 10pm when four gunmen forced their way into his vehicle and sped off, according to police and witnesses.

READ Ruto’s Spokesman carjacked, robbed near State House

Ombati however says after the operation, “the city residents will not experience this again.”

He called on Nairobi residents to cooperate with police in their efforts to weed out criminals in the society.

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