In Summary
  • Ms Waithira said at the time of the raid, her sister was also in the house sleeping in the sitting room.

  • The story of the mysterious gangster has caused fear in several villages in Kiambu but he is yet to be arrested.

  • Ndumberi Chief Christopher Gathuma confirmed the existence of the criminal, whom he described as mysterious.

Hottensiah Waithira from Kangoya Village in Kiambu County recounts how a lone gangster raided her house last Sunday at around 3am, breaking the door using a huge stone.

Ms Waithira said at the time of the raid, her sister was also in the house sleeping in the sitting room.

“He came to my bedroom wielding a sword as I screamed for help. He ordered me to shut up and demanded that I give him Sh1,500 which he counted before pocketing. He then headed to where my sister was but I followed him there and informed him that she did not have any money and he left,” Ms Waithira told the Nation.

BLACK OVERCOAT

On this particular night, the gangster was wearing a black overcoat, a woollen hat, a pair of trousers and was carrying a small bag.

It was a similar case for Ann Njoki and her husband, who are lucky to be alive after the gangster broke into their house in Karamba-ini Village some minutes to 2am on Thursday.

“When I realised that there was someone inside our house, I woke up my husband, who attacked him with a metal bar. My husband overpowered him and he fled,” Ms Njoki recalls, adding that he did not steal anything from them.

According to her, the gangster was a huge person who wore a “long coat” and was armed with a sword and a bright torch.

YET TO BE ARRESTED

The story of the mysterious gangster has caused fear in several villages in Kiambu but he is yet to be arrested even after the story was featured in the Daily Nation recently.

He is variously described by his victims as tall, athletic, dark skinned and fierce looking.

Nicknamed Mũtheca Itu, Kikuyu for ogre or night stalker, the lone gangster has been prowling neighbourhoods unleashing terror on residents.

He is said to target houses with wooden doors, for the obvious reason that they are relatively easy to break into. He has also reportedly raped some of his victims.

He has in recent weeks been spotted in Ndumberi, Kangoya, Karamba-ini, Riabai, Buriria and Kiawanganyu villages.

NO OFFICIAL COMPLAINTS

Even though police say they are yet to receive official complaints, the local administration confirms the gangster has evaded arrest.

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