We get a lot of emails with people’s complaints and stories and in many cases do the best we can to help them out. But last week we received an email that was quite shocking and we felt I had to share it with you. The title frames the tale, but barely scrapes the surface of the story. I won’t babble on longer. Read below for Grace’s story. Kindly reserve dismissive criticism.
My name is Grace Gachoi I want to share an experience I had with thugs on 10/09/2011
It all begun on Saturday 10th. Me, my husband, Mbugua, and our baby girl decided to go and see our land that that we had bought at Juja farm. The land is located 8 kilometers off the Thika Super Highway from Juja. It was around 2pm and we stay at Kikuyu. So we enter our white Toyota NZE which my husband bought a week before at a car yard along Ngong road Nairobi… let me take you back a bit to the day we bought the car.
When we bought the car, my husband who is so keen on security decided to go and install an alarm to chase away would be thieves. While we were, there a man came and introduced himself as Mwaura (just after we had finalised the deal) and advised us instead of putting the alarms we should instead install a tracking device on the vehicle. He further advised us that we should not go to the well-established offices that they would charge high prices for the tracking device.
We took his number and told him that we would get back to him as he was offering to install a tracking device at only 12,000/= shillings. He even gave us directions to where we can get him at Ngara. We decided to shop other companies to find out the truth and found out they charge 25,000/= to 35,000/= for the tracking device. We decided that since these companies were expensive we should go for Mwaura’s tracking devices as they offer more features. My husband called Mwaura the following day and decided to install a tracking device from him although he had no office and I guess no papers to do the work. We reached at Ngara where he installed a tracking device and showed my husband how to track using his phone he even accepted 6000/= as down payment the rest were to pay in 30 days.
We were satisfied knowing that our car was safe and knew we had gotten the best bargain…ok back to our story we reached Juja farm around 5.30 pm as we had stopped at a club called By pass in for some meat. We started viewing our land interviewing people to know the current value of our land. We were so happy as we had bought the land for 30,000/= in 2002 and now the land was valued at 350,000/=.
We hadn’t been here for some time so we stayed for some time. As we were viewing other pieces of land in the area my husband told me that some men who passed us looked familiar but we ignored. We finished our business and decided to head back home as it was getting late. We started our journey back home and as we were going through that dirty road so as to join the high way our car suddenly stopped. We wondered why it happened as it was quarter tank and the car had been serviced. When it stopped my husband opened the bonnet to check what was wrong. On opening the bonnet, a car with three men stopped besides us and pointed the gun to my husband. I was about to scream when all over sudden the second man pointed a knife at me. I kept quiet and the two men ordered as in the car. One man used his phone to start the car and all of us drove off. I guess someone with the codes stopped the car. At the time, I just held my baby close to me as one man was busy molesting me. My husband had been bundled in the boot. We drove for what seemed to be eternity to a secluded place where the thieves stopped. The thieves opened the bonnet and removed a tracking device right in front of my face. It’s like they had all the information on the tracking gadget. They stripped us and one of the thugs tied us together and they went with our baby. This was after they raped me for a few minutes.
We were left there for some time. My husband was unconscious by then as they had beaten him. We stayed there the whole night and in the morning a passerby rescued us. We were rushed to Thika district hospital after which we ended up in Kenyatta as my husband had major injuries. I was the first to be discharged and started looking for our baby.
Fortunately, we found her at a police station, abandoned having been brought by a Good Samaritan. My husband was discharged two weeks later, we are now recuperating. We went to the police station and on trying to reach Mwaura, he’s mteja(unavailable) all this time we have never found our car despite reporting to the police. The investigation are ongoing and cant divulge a lot of info now but what I have been told is that there is a cartel of thugs installing tracking devices in Ngara and Hurlingamm, Ngong road e.t.c. . What I can’t understand is who is licensing people to start tracking as the other day my friend told me a colleague where she work buys tracking devices and install in people cars.
I thought this is a security issue and the government should vet tracking companies. I was told they are supposed to be vetted by CCK but who goes around checking. MWAURAS COMPANY WAS CALLED SIMBA TRACK. Does CCK know of such a company or any security agency?
If any Tom, Dick, or Harry can order units from China and install in our cars, how safe are we? This is a security issue and should be treated with the seriousness it deserves.
I BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR NOT PROTECTING ME . I BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR RAPING ME AND I BLAME THE GOVERNMENT FOR LETTING THUGS DISGUISE THEMSELVES AND STEAL FROM US. Does it mean security business are not vetted and all this individuals should be known i.e banks HOPE NOBODY EVER SUFFER THIS FATE JUST BE CAREFUL WHICH COMPANY INSTALLS THE TRACKING UNITS OR OFFERS SECURITY THEY MAY BE THE THIEVES I want answers and Kenyans need protection.