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Umoja residents: Who is stealing our shoes?


Residents of Umoja estate in Nairobi have decried the high rate at which shoes are being stolen inside their residential plots. Reports indicate that the thugs specifically target school shoes which are then sold to second hand dealers at throwaway prices.

Damaris Wanjiru, a victim, told this writer that she woke up in the morning and found all the shoes she had left outside her door had vanished. This left her with a huge loss since she had to buy new ones. Since that day she learnt to keep the shoes inside the house rather than leaving them at the door.

"Those thieves who stole my children's shoes really drove me back financially because I had to borrow the money to buy new ones" laments Wanjiru.Jacinta Adhiambo is the latest victim who also lost all her children's shoes to the thieves. She had washed and cleaned them and placed them at the uncompleted roof of her residence for drying only to find them missing come morning. What is interesting was that only the school shoes went missing while other shoes were intact.Stephen Ruga also shares similar experiences of losing shoes at the door.

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Numerous reports of theft

"I was dumbfounded when I woke up in the morning and found my children's shoes missing, the most heartbreaking part was that they were only one week old."Speaking to The Nairobian, Moses Sungutia, a Nyumba Kumi chairman in Umoja 1, confirmed to have receieved numerous reports of theft involving school shoes in the area and warned that the days of the thieves were numbered.

"Our security personnel in the area are on high alert and soon, we are apprehending those criminals. They should just know their days are numbered" Sungutia told The Nairobian.

A group of people who were attending a church fellowship in a house at one of the plots within the estate got a shock of their lives when they found all their shoes missing after completing the programme. They had to borrow slippers and open shoes to go back home.

"A person who decides to steal shoes from worshipers must be someone who doesn't fear or care about God."But I am sure God will severely punish them if they don't change," one of the victims expressed told this writer.

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