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How thugs some disguised as students prowl the streets of Nairobi stealing from unsuspecting wananchi

By David Kiama, Nairobi | June 3rd 2017 at 07:40:23 GMT +0300

Nairobi city centre has become a dangerous place. Groups of thugs some disguised as students prowl the streets stealing from unsuspecting wananchi.

People are now being robbed in Harambee Avenue, Taifa Road, Parliament Road, outside the National Archive building, Moi Avenue and very many other streets. Their moves are skillful fast - they take less three seconds to mug a person, and often in broad daylight.

 It is now dangerous to withdraw a lot of money from any bank since chances that you will use it for its intended purpose are small. Thieves who feel they deserve your hard earned money more than them are likely to relieve you of it.

 Fighting back is also a tricky affair since they are armed with guns and knives. It appears the robbers have become more daring, a very unfortunate situation since it tends to keep away visitors, and especially tourists away. Security stakeholders should urgently form an anti-mugging police unit to eliminate this menace.

 All people handling large amount of cash should be careful. Banks can build enclosures for their customers so that they are served in privacy, away from roving eyes. M-Pesa shops could do the same. I wish Nairobians a thug-free day. David Kiama, Nairobi

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