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Police sent to guard Nairobi musician after robbers raid home

NAIROBI
By Cyrus Ombati | February 22nd 2016
Calvo Mistari

KENYA: Police have been deployed to protect a musician who wrestled robbers and seized two guns from them in Nairobi.

The thugs had raided the house of the artiste, popularly known as Calvo Mistari, in Madaraka estate on Thursday night.

The deployment came after some of the thugs called Calvo’s friends asking that the guns be returned, Lang’ata police said.

Calvo , popular for his song ‘Mwanaume ni Effort’, was with other artistes when the gunmen stormed the house and ordered them to lie down after locking the door.

The victims said while the gang was ransacking the house, they heard a knock on the door. “By then one of the gunmen had handed over his pistol to his accomplice and was busy grabbing valuables and cash from the victims. It was then that the musician jumped onto the one holding the guns and wrestled him to the ground,” police said.

Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome said the knock disoriented the gunmen and gave the musician a chance to go for the guns.

ILLEGALLY HIRED

And as the visitor was opening the door, the gang ran out with some mobile phones. One of them, however, dropped his mobile phone which police have used to identify him.

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Police said they had recorded statements from the artistes and other people in the house.

“They scrolled through the mobile phones they stole and called our friends and relatives, telling them to inform us to return the guns,” said a victim whose friends and relatives had been called.

Police said they were tracking the gang whom they had identified. “They are known and let them know their days are numbered,” said the police boss.

The pistols had 25 bullets in total and police believed they were legally licensed but had been illegally hired or leased for the mission.

Separately, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has ordered all civilians holding firearms across the country to register them in the next 30 days.

This was after it emerged a number of civilian firearms holders had fake permits. He said the holders corruptly acquired the permits after bribing the police.

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