A Nairobi court has directed that two Tanzanians who were found in possession of a car believed to have been stolen from State House, Nairobi, provide a Kenyan contact person as a prerequisite to securing their freedom on bond.
The car, a black Nissan V8 model, is believed to be part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security escort.
It was intercepted at a police barrier in Boma Ng’ombe while the thieves drove it to Kilimanjaro province from the Kenyan capital.
The two suspects, Bosco Beda Kyara and Gabriel Jerome Mombury have been charged with robbery with violence and ordered to deposit bonds of Ksh 2 million each or cash bails of Ksh 1 million each, plus a Kenyan contact person ” to be approved by court.”
Bosco and Jerome deny robbing Luke Indeche Abbo at gunpoint along Oloitoktok Road in Kilimani , Nairobi.
Jerome is further charged with handling stolen property. Hearing is on November 19 2018.
They were arrested on August 19 2018 in Boma Ng’ombe,Tanzania and later extradited on September 26 2018.
The complainant was robbed of a motor vehicle registration number KCP 184 R, Nissan Patrol wagon Black in colour valued at Ksh11,518,200, one mobile phone valued at Ksh2000 and cash Ksh2000, a driving licence and national ID, an investigating officer said.
Police said the vehicle was traced using GPRS to Tarakea, a town in Tanzania and later recovered in Boma Ng’ombe “and the two respondents arrested.”
Clearing and forwarding
Back in 2014, a Presidential escort car was recovered in Kampala, Uganda, after being stolen in Nairobi.
A Ugandan clearing and forwarding agent, a mason and a Nakuru mechanic are among five people still on trial in a Nairobi court in connection with the theft.
The five were also charged with robbing Chief Inspector of Police David Machui of the BMW 26 in Utawala, Nairobi.
The suspects include three clearing and forwarding agents Andrew Young Otieno, Godfrey Ouma Simon and Robert Mande Ochan (Ugandan). Others are mason Nelson Topicho Mulati and mechanic Aggrey Odhiambo.
The suspects denied the charge that they dishonestly handled and undertook the disposal of the motor vehicle, with registration number KAW 479 Y.
The vehicle has an alternative registration of GK A 374 E.
Each suspect was released on a KSh5 million bond, except Mr Topicho who was said to have a separate burglary case pending in Kayole, Nairobi.
Recovered in Kampala
The BMW 735 model was recovered in Kampala and brought back to Nairobi on Friday.
Chief Inspector Machui was driving the vehicle before gangsters carjacked him.
The gangsters, who snatched the car at gunpoint, are suspected to be part of a syndicate with operatives in Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Uganda. The syndicate also consists of corrupt customs officials, car dealers and mechanics, police said.
Ugandan police recovered the stolen escort car after the suspect’s girlfriend lured him into a trap at Wandegeya, a Kampala suburb near Makerere University.
Presidential escort vehicles are regularly parked at State House or at the unit’s quarters in Highridge, Nairobi.