Politician Trailed, Robbed Ksh1M After Visiting Bank

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  • A politician lost Ksh1 million a few minutes after he withdrew the money from a bank in Narok County. 

    An Occurrence Book (OB) number shared on Friday, December 3, detailed that, Kuya Ole Kijabe, the Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Kimindet Ward in Transmara South, was trailed by a black motor vehicle before being ambushed and robbed of the money.

    The MCA, while reporting the case at Narok Police Station, stated that he was accompanied by his driver to the bank on Wednesday afternoon, December 1. 

    Ole Kijabe withdrew Ksh1 million at around 3pm on the said day, packed the money and his passport in a bag before ordering the driver to drop him at a nearby hotel. 

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    “He went to the hotel and his driver parked the vehicle in the hotel parking yard as the MCA went to attend to his visitors leaving the vehicle securely locked. 

    “Another vehicle, a black Nissan Note with unknown occupants parked opposite his vehicle but left a few minutes later. When he went to pick the money in his vehicle, he found the same having been stolen,” an excerpt of the report filed at Narok Police Station read. 

    Detectives assigned to the case, however, noted that eyewitnesses captured the Nissan’s number plate.

    Nonetheless, none of the eyewitnesses reported how the MCA’s car was broken into. 

    “The scene was visited by a team drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), but no arrest or recovery made,” the report added. 

    A manhunt was launched for the Nissan Note occupants. Reports further alleged that the police were looking into the case as an inside job, and were set to grill a number of the bank’s staff and the MCA’s acquaintances. 

    The spate of bank-related robberies has risen in the past few months as the country gears towards the 2022 General Election. 

    On Tuesday, November 23, a bank in Kisumu was under siege in a heist that lasted for over four hours. The robbers escaped later on, without looting the bank and after exchanging fire with the police for hours.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, reformed convict, John Kiriamiti opined that the robbery may have been an inside job, executed by well-trained individuals. 

    The motive of the Kisumu bank heist is still unknown. 

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