CCTV Captures International Guests Being Robbed During Kisumu Conference

  • Man caught on CCTV stealing from foreigners in Kisumu CBD on Monday, May 16, 2022.
    Man caught on CCTV stealing from foreigners in Kisumu CBD on Monday, May 16, 2022.
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  • Two foreigners were victims of a daring robbery in Kisumu Central Business District on Monday night, May 16, as the city hosts the Africities summit.

    The foreigners, who were at a hotel in the lakeside city, in the company of their colleagues, had placed their phones on the table where they were sitting.

    As they engaged in conversations with friends a man was seen on the CCTV casually walking in the restaurant while speaking to someone on the phone.

    Man caught on CCTV stealing from foreigners in Kisumu CBD on Monday, May 16, 2022.
    Man caught on CCTV stealing from foreigners in Kisumu CBD on Monday, May 16, 2022.
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    He moved closer to the table where the foreigners were sitting and pretended to be taking the seat next to them. He hung up the phone and put his mobile device in his pocket before snatching the two mobile phones that were on the table.

    The suspected thief quickly dashed for the door and although the foreigners run after him one of them falls at the door while the others tried to pursue the crook.

    A customer who was in the same restaurant was also seen trying to chase after the thief and hotel workers joined in too. The thief ran away with the two mobile phones.

    Kisumu is playing host to hundreds of foreigners for the Africities summit which was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, May 17.

    Africities is a pan African conference that is convened by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A) and brings together the leadership of cities and sub-national governments and their associations for the advancement of decentralisation and local governance aimed at improving the living standards of the citizens.

    Hollywood movie star, Lupita Nyong'o was appointed as the goodwill ambassador by AfriCities. Organisers stated that the actress was up to the task given her remarkable career in the film industry. Lupita was also lauded for drumming support for the body's goals and agenda. 

    "For the first time, the Africities Summit will have a Goodwill Ambassador: Ms Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar-winning Kenyan actress, star of the film Black Panther and its sequel Wakanda Forever," read the statement in part.

    Football legends Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o are expected to grace the event too. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta is received by Governor Anyang Nyong'o, CS Eugene Wamalwa and County First Lady Dorothy Nyong'o at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu City on May 17, 2022.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta is received by Governor Anyang Nyong'o, CS Eugene Wamalwa and County First Lady Dorothy Nyong'o at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu City on May 17, 2022.
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    Various preparations were made to accommodate the delegates who would be attending the event. The government spent over Ksh1.4 billion to prepare for the summit.

    Some of the works that were undertaken in the lakeside city include beautification projects, rehabilitation of roads, and the construction of a Ksh1.4 billion AfriCities Convention Centre.

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