Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) News Anchor and social media influencer Shiksha Arora is the latest victim of crime in Nairobi, in a worrying trend that has left tens injured and their valuables stolen.
Arora was attacked on Monday evening at the globe roundabout. The incident, she said happened at about 5.20pm.
She was attacked by a gang of three in what was a coordinated scheme, often implemented on motorists- mostly women.
The first thug, she said knocked her side mirror in an apparent distraction move.
The first assailant, she said “knocked my side mirror bending it backwards and walked away. While I was rolling down the window slightly to reposition the mirror, the second thug started banging the front seat passenger window. At this point, I was scared,” she said.
“As I was looking to my left, (the third guy) guy 3 slid his hand in through my window and unlocked my car, got into the back seat. Grabbed my purse and asked for my phone, at this point in time I was in panic mode, couldn’t say anything. He asked for it again and reached for my neck, strangling me,” she narrated.
“As he was strangling my neck, I desperately gasped for air,I started hooting loudly to get some attention hoping somebody would help me. People started getting out of their cars and that’s when he let go and fled. He went with my purse but I am traumatised that he attacked me.”
After her ordeal, she pointed out that, “these thugs work in teams in broad daylight during peak traffic, don’t roll down your window no matter what when on globe roundabout. I got lucky, he didn’t manage to hurt me much despite strangling my neck and getting away with my purse. I am okay but traumatized.”
A few weeks ago, another media personality was attacked in a similar style, right at the heart of Nairobi Central Business District.
Kenyans have in recent weeks expressed their frustrations over the increasing number of muggings within the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).
Criminal gangs are said to have changed their tactics committing crimes in broad daylight.
Recently the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said that his office noted the increasing cases of crime within the CBD. He however did not reveal what police were doing to combat the crime amidst public outcry.
There has been a surge of mugging, kidnapping and robbery incidents in the city .
The rising crime has been attributed to an economic meltdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.