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Police urged to curb crime wave targeting M-Pesa shops in Mombasa

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[Haki Africa Rapid Response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta during the interview. Photo/ Davis Mbunga].

Security agents in Mombasa are urged to curtail the insurgency of criminal wave targeting M-Pesa outlets in Mombasa.

The cry comes in the wake of series of crime incidents targeting M-Pesa shops in Jomvu and Kisauni constituencies.

Haki Africa Rapid Response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said the insecurity wave caused a lot of panic among small-scale businesses in the two constituencies.

Mr. Shipetta said not only the M-Pesa outlets but locals too are living in fear following the insecurity situation that has marred the areas.

He appealed to top security agents to take charge and arrest the current situation.

“We want to see 24 hour police patrols and arrests of all those involved in the raids and killing of our fellow youths struggling to make ends meet,” said Mr. Shipetta.

He appealed to Changamwe OCPD Peter Omanwa to enhance security in the Mombasa mainland West.

[Haki Africa RRO Mathias Hezron Shipetta (In White t-shirt) transporting the body of Obino after he was shot dead by armed gang. Photo/Elvis Kenga].

The gang had earlier shot and seriously injured another M-Pesa agent at Mikindani within Jomvu constituency before killing Jones Obino, 32, an M-Pesa agent at Allidina on Friday.

A replica of the same is being experienced in Kisauni Constituency in the Northern part of Mombasa County where M-Pesa operators have become the soft target.

Meanwhile police have nabbed five suspects in connection to a Saturday incident where a woman was robbed off her handbag at a gun point in a broad daylight in Mikindani area Mombasa.

Changamwe OCPD Peter Omanwa said the five, Brighton Naiya Manyala, Mohammed Hassan, Chris Odhiambo Omondi, Evans Munyoki Mburiro and Mutonyi Nzamba were caught on CCTV footage robbing the lady at a gun point, the lady could not raise alarm.

The gang where two accomplices took off in a boda boda which has since been confiscated by police is linked to Obino’s death.

The suspects will be arraigned in court Monday as police pursue their accomplices.