Four men are in police custody after they allegedly ambushed and robbed the parents of former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich on Monday, January 31.
According to the police, the gang broke into Rotich’s family home in Kaptich village, Uasin Gishu County at 7 pm while armed with guns and other crude weapons.
Eyewitnesses stated that the robbers had a pistol, 14 rounds of ammunition and a machete. The four, whose identities are yet to be revealed, ordered the elderly parents to surrender their phones and forcefully took other expensive electronic devices.
They also took Ksh15,000 cash that was in the house.
Undated file image of two men in police handcuffs
The armed robbers escaped using a Mercedes Benz which the police tracked down and used the lead to apprehend them. They also recovered crude weapons believed to have been used to perpetrate the crime.
Police stated that they were informed of the robbery on Tuesday, February 1.
“Our officers got the report and visited the scene and after they managed to trail the vehicle which was heading to Nairobi. They ordered the occupants to stop, did a routine search and managed to arrest the suspects,” the police stated.
The four were held at a nearby police station awaiting processing. Detectives attached to the case were expected to charge the suspects with robbery with violence, burglary and being in possession of a firearm.
Eyewitnesses will also record statements and act as witnesses in the case.
This comes amid calls and efforts by the police to tighten security in the country. In the last quarter of 2021, Kenya experienced a surge in crime with Nairobi being the hardest hit county in the country.
There has been a number of criminal cases on the rise in 2020 (from 13,954 in 2019 to 8,709 – a drop in 37.6 per cent), according to a survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.
The Economic Survey 2021 indicated that the number of crime cases reported to the police during the year 2020 reduced by 25.4 per cent from 93,411 in 2019 to 69,645 in 2020.
The report also indicated that the number of crimes reported to the police involving other offences against persons decreased by 29.1 per cent in 2020 and accounted for 27.7 per cent of all reported crimes.
According to the report, there was a small increase in reported cases of offences against morality by 13.7 per cent from 8,051 in 2019 to 9,153 in 2020.
An undated photo of a gunman in a balaclava.
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