The Star (Nairobi)

17 March 2014

Kenya: Nairobi Police Bosses Meet Over Rising Crime

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Over 50 senior police officers have been reshuffled by the Inspector General (file photo).

Police chiefs in Nairobi have agreed to increase police patrols and profiling of criminals as new strategies to deal with spiraling crime in Nairobi.

A possibility of a major police reshuffle in Nairobi was also discussed during a crisis meeting of top police commanders - CID director Ndegwa Muhoro and Nairobi police boss Benson Kibui last Friday in Nairobi.

The top cops, whose main agenda was the rising crime in the affluent suburbs of Nairobi such as Karen, Gigiri, Kilimani and Dagoretti, also mapped out new strategies of dealing with criminals in the areas.

Karen and Gigiri have experienced a rise in armed robberies and burglaries in the homes of prominent people, while Dagorretti and Kilimani have recorded an upsurge in cases of carjackings.

CID director of operations Francis Njiru and Nairobi CID boss Ireri Kamwende also attended the meeting held at the Nairobi County police headquarters.

The meeting came hours after another meeting attended by Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, his deputies Grace Kaindi and Samuel Arachi, and Muhoro at the Office of the President, ordered police action on the new wave of crime. Hours after the new plans were mooted, businessman Famir Mohammed was killed in cold blood in the CBD on Friday.

It has since emerged that Famir may have been assassinated over business deals and debts after callers on his phone, which is in the possession of the police, called to state that the man owed them money.

Famir, who operates long distance trucks, was lured from Mlolongo by callers who wanted to meet him at Jamia Mall. Kamwende said Famir was in the company of a woman when the gun men shot him in the head. The incident is being investigated by Nairobi Central CID officers.

Also in Nairobi, police are yet to trace the carjackers of President Uhuru's aunt Jean Njeri. Her car was discovered abandoned outside a hotel in Westlands last Friday.

Police towed the vehicle to Parklands police station after which it was handed over to investigating officers from Central police station.

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