KBC's Shiksha Arora Robbed At Nairobi CBD

In a statement, the former K24 TV presenter, who had just participated in the relaunch of KBC, narrated that some of her personal belongings, including her mobile phone and purse were stolen.

KBC's Shiksha Arora Robbed At Nairobi CBD

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) anchor Shiksha Arora was strangled and robbed at the Globe Cinema flyover in Nairobi CBD on Monday, June 21.

In a statement, the former K24 TV presenter, who had just participated in the relaunch of KBC, narrated that some of her personal belongings, including her mobile phone and purse were stolen.

At around 5.20 pm, a man had knocked her side mirror and bent it backwards before walking away.

To reposition the mirror, Arora rolled down her window and it was then that a second man began banging the front seat passenger window loudly.

Aerial view of Globe Cinema flyover. /FILE

"As I was looking to my left guy 3 slid his hand in through my window and unlocked my car, got into the back seat. Grabbed my purse & asked for my phone, at this point in time I was in panic mode, couldn’t say anything. 

He asked for it again & reached for my neck, strangling me. As he was strangling my neck, I desperately gasped for air, I started hooting loudly to get some attention hoping somebody would help me," she stated.

She would soon draw attention to motorists who got out of their cars, at which point the man let her go and fled with her purse.

"These thugs work in teams in broad daylight during peak traffic, don’t roll down your window no matter what when on globe roundabout," Arora cautioned.

Arora's incident comes after after Viral Tea highlighted the tale of a resident, Chris Mwenda, advising residents to avoid the area surrounding 680 Hotel and Bruce House buildings in Nairobi CBD while recounting his experience with a gang of muggers on Thursday, June 17.

Mwenda's sentiments drew uproar to the point that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) was forced to respond to a large section of their complaints regarding the increase in incidences of mugging and other criminal activities in recent weeks.

The DCI, in a statement, urged members of the public who may fall or have fallen victims of mugging within the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) to make formal reports at the Nairobi Central DCI offices whenever such incidences happen.

"While many victims take to social media to narrate their ordeals in the hands of mugger gangs (which is good sensitization), we further urge them to formalize those complaints as guided, to facilitate the prosecution process once arrests are effected.

"Many are scenarios when suspected muggers go scot free even after they have been arrested along various Streets and Walks within the CBD, as the few who report at the station fail to pursue their cases or never turn up for hearings," said the sleuths in their statement.

The investigative body reassured Nairobi residents that it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of every citizen, while acting upon any arising acts of criminality. 

Earlier on, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai on Monday, June 7 ordered a special squad within the police force to deal with the rising cases of muggings, murder and robbery with violence in the area. He added that the new anti-mugging squad would target all cases including those of rogue boda bodas.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai. /FILE