(Mountain Mall Thika road, photo courtesy)
Located in Nairobi’s Roasters area and bordering the Aga Khan University Hospital’s (AKUH) first outreach clinic on Thika Road in Nairobi, Mountain Mall Thika Road, is a safe haven for thieves in Nairobi. It houses Naivas Supermarket among other big companies.
The mall first hit headlines in March 2017 when a police officer together with a private guard from Security Group Africa were arrested after they were ‘robbed’ of Sh4 million, the day’s collection from Naivas Supermarket, that was on transit to a bank. It was reported that the two alongside four others had gone to pick the money at around 9pm when two gunmen confronted them at gunpoint, shot in the air once and grabbed the cash that was in a box before escaping through the rear door.
The police officer in question would later claim that ‘his gun jammed when he tried to fire at the escaping gang’.
Other robbery incidences
More incidences of robbery have been reported in the mall with some of the latest ones including an incident in August this year where a shopper had their car stolen while parked at the mall’s parking lot.
Others have had their cars broken into and their property stolen.
The management of the mall have admitted not once but several times that most of their CCTV cameras are non-functional and the few functional ones give blurred images incapable of identifying anyone.
According to insiders and victims, most con games in the mall are as a result of possible collusion between security personnel at the mall and the criminals.
“The mall has a back entrance that, although limited for use by staff and tenants, is being used as a get away exit after stealing from unsuspecting people.” A source familiar with the happenings at the mall is quoted saying.
Sources claim that there are tens of hundreds fraudsters preying on shoppers at the mall every second and making away with their belongings yet management would do nothing when such cases are reported to them. Some of them like the manager John Chege would quickly claim that everything is okay at the mall at a time when even the front CCTV cameras are not functional.
John Cheges of this world will always defend the mess at the mall.
“There is likelihood of collusion between criminals and some mall’s staffers.” A source revealed.
Who will save shoppers at the Mountain mall from this thuggery?