Kisumu res­i­dents say thugs rob peo­ple after bank with­drawals

Res­i­dents ac­cuse po­lice and bank cashiers of col­lud­ing with crim­i­nals to rob clients. Asuna says he was robbed of Sh280,000 by six armed thugs pos­ing as po­lice of­fi­cers

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Kisumu res­i­dents are con­cerned about in­creased rob­beries of cus­tomers who with­draw large amounts of cash from banks. They have ac­cused po­lice and bank cashiers of col­lud­ing with crim­i­nals to rob un­sus­pect­ing clients.

Ques­tions have been raised as to how cus­tomers are kid­napped at the heav­ily guarded premises and robbed.

On Fri­day, con­trac­tor Pa­trick Asuna was robbed of Sh280,000 by six armed thugs pos­ing as po­lice of­fi­cers. The thugs also took his mo­bile phone. Asuna said he was ac­costed by two men dressed as reg­u­lar po­lice, im­me­di­ately he with­drew cash from KCB. “As I was walk­ing down the stairs, two men ap­proached me and hand­cuffed me as I waited to board a mo­tor­cy­cle. I strug­gled with them be­fore they bun­dled me into a waiting car with four other men at 1pm,” he said on Sun­day.

Asuna said they drove him to a bush, about five kilo­me­tres from Kisumu CBD, where they robbed him at gun­point. “While in their cus­tody, they counted the money with one of them ask­ing if it to­talled to Sh280,000,” he said. The thugs re­leased him but one of them nearly shot him when he asked for his cap back.

“I walked for more than three kilo­me­tres from the bush. I found my­self next to Sun­set Ho­tel, where a boda boda took me to Kisumu Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion,” Asuna said.

Busi­ness­man and Gem par­lia­men­tary aspi­rant Eric Rabuogi said many res­i­dents have fallen vic­tim to rob­bers after with­draw­ing large amounts.

Kisumu City Res­i­dents Voice As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Audi Ogada said the rob­bers mostly tar­get cus­tomers who with­draw large amounts from banks.

He said some rob­bers pose as cus­tomers in­side the banks, be­fore trail­ing the cus­tomers. Ogada said they sus­pect some cashiers give cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion to crim­i­nals.

Kisumu po­lice boss Peter Omanwa could not com­ment as he was in a meet­ing.

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Po­lice carry the body of a rob­ber who was gunned down at Eq­uity Bank’s Kisumu branch on Oc­to­ber 15 last year

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