Nairobi’s most dangerous neighborhoods have been named and residents warned to avoid them because most of them are not policed.

Prevalent crimes in these areas include carjackings, robberies, rape, assault, burglary, theft and kidnappings.

While most criminals operate at night, some of the crime-prone areas are more dangerous because armed robberies occur in day time.


The findings were made following a government-sanctioned survey carried out by the Security Research and Information Centre last year and launched by Inspector General David Kimaiyo in Nairobi on Tuesday.


“Nairobi is the nerve centre of our country’s economy and political leadership. This report will help in facilitating stakeholders in consolidating their resources in order to address challenges of crime that we face all,” he said.


Most notorious places are parts of Kayole, Kibera, Lunga Lunga slums, Jericho and Soweto because robberies happen anytime of the day, says the report.


Mr Kimaiyo said the report would be given to Nairobi police commander Benson Kibui for implementation.


In Makadara, Mukuru kwa Reuben slums was mapped out because the area is a trade centre for firearms after dusk.


Kariokor and Mlango Kubwa in Starehe division were identified as places where gangsters in need of guns can easily hire them anytime.


Kongo section of Dagoretti division is also awash with illicit firearms for hire, the report indicates.


“Sexual crimes were the least mentioned in the survey. However, the survey found out that most victims rarely report them due to fear of stigmatisation, fear of victimisation and need to keep family dignity,” the report says.


A section of Mathare known as Nigeria, Mau Mau junction between Kawangware and Kangemi, a spot near Muhindi Mweusi supermarket in Mukuru kwa Njenga slums and an open ground near Huruma chief’s camp were mapped as locations where rapists lurk.


Middle and upper class suburbs such as South C and Westlands were identified with night robberies targeting motorists.



Posted: March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you are driving at night and eggs are thrown at your windscreen, do not stop to check the car, do not operate the wiper and do not spray any water, because eggs mixed with water become milky and block your vision up to 92.5%, and you are then forced to stop beside the road and become a victim of these criminals. This is a new technique used by gangs, so please inform your friends and relatives.

Nairobi, Kenya: Police are holding two suspects in connection with the printing and distribution of hate leaflets in Nairobi.

The leaflets had negative information on a leading presidential contender.

 One suspect was arrested while printing the leaflets at a firm in River Road.

Police say he had printed more than 900 leaflets when they arrested on Thursday night.

The second one was arrested in Kilimani area while carrying photocopies of the leaflets printed with words depicting the candidate negatively.

Police say the two will appear in court today.

Police have also launched a crackdown on people printing and distributing hate leaflets and those calling on some communities to vacate their current areas of stay.

The leaflets have been dropped in Nairobi, Naivasha, Juja, Limuru, Thika and Kisumu among other places.


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NAIROBI, Feb 15 – Al Shabaab militants claim to have executed a captured Kenyan soldier and repeated threats to kill five other hostages, the extremists said Friday.

“While the mujahedeen have executed the serving KDF (Kenya Defence Force) soldier, there is still a chance of securing the release of the remaining five prisoners,” the Shebab said in a statement. The claims could not be verified.

Last month the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents issued a February 14 deadline ordering Kenya — whose troops are fighting the Shebab inside Somalia — to release “all Muslim prisoners held on so-called terrorism charges in Kenya”.

The Al Shabaab, who have previously released videos of Kenyan civil servants they have kidnapped, have said they would execute five hostages within three days unless the Kenyan government buckles to their demands.

Kenya has been hit by a spate of attacks including hand grenade and bombs since it invaded southern Somalia in late 2011 to attack Al Shabaab bases, following a string of kidnappings inside Kenya blamed on the Islamists.

Many of the attacks in Kenya — including hand grenade blasts in the capital Nairobi — are blamed on Shebab supporters or Kenyan sympathisers, although the Al Shabaab have not claimed the attacks themselves.

But the once powerful Shebab are on the back foot inside Somalia, having fled a string of key towns ahead of a 17,000-strong African Union force — which includes Kenyan troops — which is also fighting alongside Somali soldiers.

Ethiopian troops are also battling the Al Shabaab in the southwest of Somalia.

On Thursday, AU troops and government forces seized the towns of Janalle, Aw Dhigle and Barire, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu, the latest Shebab bases to fall.

However, the Al Shabaab remain a potent threat, still controlling rural areas as well as carrying out guerrilla attacks in areas apparently under government control.

LSK cracks down on bogus lawyers

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Law Society of Kenya has blacklisted several law firms and lawyers operating illegally around the country.

LSK Chief Executive Officer Apollo Mboya said majority of the illegal law firms are operating in Kisii, Migori, Rongo, Kilgoris, Nyamira and Ndhiwa.

A further 17  Advocates of the High Court are practicing without valid  certificates mostly in up country. “LSK will take legal action against the blacklisted lawyers and law firms for operating in contravention of the Advocates Act,” Mboya said.

The LSK is also cracking down on notorious lawyers, law firms and unqualified people impersonating lawyers in Ruiru, Thika, Kajiado, Kitengela and Malindi.

“We have forwarded to the police names of the imposters operating as Advocates of the High Court…their actions are criminal,” Mboya said.

He added that LSK launched a crackdown on quacks operating as licensed lawyers countrywide two weeks ago.

He urged members of the public to confirm names of certified lawyers on the official LSK website before engaging them with legal briefs.

Nairobi, Kenya: The use of coded language and stereotyping different ethnic communities is causing animosity and hatred among communities, National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has said.

The Commission said that hate speech and hatred is largely associated with malicious individuals who want to emphasise the negative stereotypes and possibly use coded expressions to incite particular ethnic communities for selfish reasons.

 NCIC Vice Chair Milly Lwanga said that some of the stereotypes have been passed from generation to generation and have become an integral part of the identity of the target Kenyan communities in the view of the inner communities.

“The use of stereotypes and coded expressions in this manner can be traced to specific contexts associated with crime, competition for resources and political contest,” said Lwanga.

Speaking during the launch of a research report on use of coded language and stereotype at a Nairobi Hotel Thursday, Lwanga noted that most of the negative stereotype has been used to target mainly the Kikuyus and the Luos.

The study revealed that Kikuyus have bore the brunt of being stereotyped as thieves, which tends to stir ethnic animosity anytime it is used to refer to members of the Kikuyu community.

The Luos have not been spared either, and the most stereotype targeting them is referring to them as uncircumcised. The term is used negatively to portray all members of the Luo community as children, premature and not fully developed.

There are other stereotype words that have been used for communities like the Kamba, Maasai, Samburu, Embu, Tharaka, Pokot, Sabaot, Mbeere and Kalenjin among others.

Derogative words like animals, dogs, smelly people; foolish, Bushmen and monkey have been used to negatively describe different ethnic communities.

Already the commission is going round the country collecting views on the use of coded expressions and once a comprehensive report is compiled, it would be sent to various institutions for the formation of policies to enhance cohesiveness and national integration.

Under section 25 (p) of the National and Integration Act of 2008, the commission is mandated to undertake research and studies and make recommendations to the government on any issue relating to ethnic affairs.