Thugs abduct guard, burn Ka­bete church

The rob­bers stole Sh25,000, a speaker and mi­cro­phones

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - GE­ORGE MUGO @ge­o­mu­goh

A gang that has been break­ing into churches and steal­ing valu­ables in Ka­bete, Ki­ambu county, on Mon­day set one church ablaze.

Ten thugs bur­gled the Blood of Christ Min­istries Church in Wangige town at 11pm and stole and de­stroyed prop­erty worth Sh1 mil­lion.

Wit­ness Isaac Ki­mani said the gang at­tacked guard Bernard Olang’o, tied him with a rope and gagged him to pre­vent him from rais­ing the alarm.

Area deputy county com­mis­sioner Leonard Mgute sus­pects the guard was ab­ducted as he has not been seen since the bur­glary.

Ki­mani said, “They [the bur­glars] then broke the ma­bati walls and en­tered. I locked my­self in the room where I live and called the church chair­per­son who called the po­lice.”

“Within a few min­utes, the thugs left car­ry­ing things I could not see well, boarded a wait­ing van and left the church on fire.”

Pas­tor Sa­muel King’ori said two speak­ers, three mi­cro­phones and Sh25,000 cash were stolen from his of­fice.

A mu­sic mixer, pi­ano, plas­tic chairs, wall hang­ings, a speaker mounted on a wall and other valu­ables were de­stroyed in the fire.

Im­por­tant church doc­u­ments were also de­stroyed, King’ori said.

Ka­bete Pas­tors Wel­fare chair­man Wal­ter Ng’ang’a said they sus­pect the thugs were part of the gang that has been break­ing into churches and steal­ing valu­ables.

“So far, about 27 churches have been bro­ken into and valu­ables stolen. We have com­plained to the gov­ern­ment but the sit­u­a­tion is not im­prov­ing,” he said.

Mgute said last month they held a se­cu­rity meet­ing with church lead­ers and urged each church to hire a guard, who will work with se­cu­rity of­fi­cers to beef up se­cu­rity.

“Some have em­ployed [watch­men] and oth­ers have not, but we are en­cour­ag­ing them to do so,” he said.

/ GE­ORGE MUGO

Blood of Christ Min­istries’ Pas­tor Sa­muel King’ori (L), Ka­bete Pas­tors Wel­fare chair­man Wal­ter Ng’ang’a (in blue jacket) and wor­ship­pers at the de­stroyed church on Mon­day

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