In Summary
  • They placed the ATM cards on one of the tables, thanked the man and his family for their hospitality, and walked out, disappearing into the night.
  • It is a shame if you are not assured of security and safety in your own home, a place that is supposed to be your haven.

I have heard stories about robbers that break into homes, steal, and in between, somehow get time to eat the food they find in the homes they rob.

I have always thought that the narrators of these stories tell them with a pinch of salt to humour, but that was until I heard such a story from the horse’s mouth.

The victim is a family friend, a well-to-do man in his mid-sixties who owns an impressive home in Kiambu County.

Two years ago, he told us, four robbers brandishing guns managed to break into his home and proceeded to rob them. He had been robbed before, three times in fact.

The four however, he says, were different from those others in that they were very casual about the whole thing — they began by calmly informing him and his family that they would not harm them in any way if they cooperated, that all they were interested in was money. They also didn’t seem to be in a hurry to leave.


After asking the man and his wife to produce all the money they had, which came to about Sh80,000 — they had an ongoing construction — they asked for their ATM cards as well and the PIN numbers.

Two went to town to withdraw the money, while two were left behind.

The robbers had struck just as they were about to have supper, so there was food on the table — ugali, fried liver and spinach.

Before the two thugs left for the ATM, they first gobbled up two of the five plates full of food that had been laid out on the table and even had the audacity to have a second helping. Talk of hungry robbers.

The two left behind ate too, but at a slower pace, engaging the man and his terrified family in a one-sided conversation, even commenting on how sweet the food was and politely asking whether there was tea, to which his wife told them, shakily, that yes, there was some in the tea flask in the kitchen.

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