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Matatu robberies: Lady robbed then forced to alight on Thika Road

A lady who had boarded a Thika Road matatu on Thursday, June 20, 2019 forcefully pushed out after being robbed.

The incident happened slightly after Garden City mall.

The Toyota KAS 592P had only 3 passengers, all male.

An eyewitness Sammy Mungai, who was driving close to the matatu heard the lady scream before being forced out.

Mungai tried to stop the matatu but the driver sped off .

This is not the first time such a case has been reported. Matatus plying Thika Road have become notorious for such cases.

In a separate incident in September 2018, another lady was robbed by a smartly dressed woman who pretended to be waiting for a matatu alongside her at Roysambu.

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Roysambu stage

“We were waiting to board a matatu around Roysambu and there was a scrum to get in.

“I was surrounded by smartly dressed women who were also pushing to get in but one of them dropped a handbag right outside the door.

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“I decided to pick it up despite being pushed from behind and I handed it to her,” she said.

Upon getting inside the matatu, the lady realised that her handbag was open and her purse was missing. The  smart lady was nowhere to be seen.

“I was so shocked when I found my bag open. I realised I had been robbed in the scuffle and another man also said his wallet was missing.

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“The well-dressed ladies were not in the matatu,” she revealed.

Matatu operators in the area have also warned passengers to be cautious when boarding PSVs as there is a group of smartly dressed women who rob people every day.

An official at Matatu Culture – a body charged with instilling discipline in the industry- said they always report the cases but police have taken little action.

He admitted that such incidents were on the rise but also urged passengers to remain vigilant.