On the day Shiksha Arora was elated to be part of the team that has rebranded the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) TV news program, things turned for the worse after she became a victim of robbery with violence incident.
At globe roundabout flyover around 5:20 PM, she narrates, a well-organized syndicate tactically attacked her, strangled her and went away with her purse.
Like a well-choreographed movie, a group of three men were calculative in their mission.
According to Arora, the robbery incident begun when one of the men knocked the side mirror of her car, bent it back and walked away.
Unknowingly, she played to the thugs' script and rolled down her car's window to reposition the side mirror.
Before she could adjust the side mirror, the second thug began banging the front passenger seat of her car loudly prompting her to turn to her left to find out what the matter was.
At that moment, the third thug exploited her open window and unlocked her car and got into the back seat.
Arora narrates that the man grabbed her purse and asked for her phone.
She says she panicked and the thug reached for her neck and begun strangling her as he requested for the phone again.
“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 traumatized that he attacked me,” she narrated.
The KBC new anchor has now warned members of the public to be vigilant while plying the route saying the syndicate is well organized to rob them of their valuables.
Arora says she escaped unhurt but the incident has left her mind troubled.
“These thugs work in teams in broad daylight during peak traffic, don’t roll down your window no matter what when on globe roundabout.,” she said.
“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,” she added.
Cases of robbery with violence have been on the rise in Nairobi and this has prompted the DCI to comment on the matter.
On Monday the DCI asked members of the public who have fallen prey to thuggery activities at the CBD to report the matter at DCI Nairobi Central offices so that they can act on the cases.
The DCI lamented over failure by victims to report the cases saying the move has undermined the pursuit of justice to the victims and also arrest of those behind mugging.