The passengers were crushing each other trying to get out of the stationery bus. We were scared of the commotion in the Kamukunji grounds road in Kamukunji. “Laleni chini. Mimi nitaua mtu. Leta simu, wallet, na pesa”. The gun-brandishing thugs demanded in Swahili for all the passengers to hand over their earthly possession “Money and telephones” least they meet the creator. It was 4th of October at around 10am. In broad daylight. The scared and screaming passengers were met with equally disturbed and unstable thugs with guns that looked like they were came straight from world war 1. Luckily we just lost our bags and several valuables, but nobody in the bus sustained physical injuries.
The muggers had taken advantage of the snarling traffic common in Nairobi to rob motorists and passengers. More that 10 cars in a row were robbed with several drivers and passengers thoroughly beaten. The irony of all that was the Shauri Moyo police station where we went to record the incidence was just 100 meters away. “Who told you to use that road”, “don’t you know it’s dangerous and people get robbed there daily?”. That is the helplessness our Kenyan Police have become when dealing with spiraling crime.
Is the government of Kenya ready to protect it’s citizens? Security is a basic human right that we should not beg for. The criminals don’t know that, but the county government of Nairobi, and Ministry of Internal should. Carjackings, hijackings, muggings, and other crimes have become the order of the day. Who shall we turn to?