Crime wave worries lobby
Story by DANIEL NYASSY
07. March 2008
More than 200 businessmen have protested over the escalating
insecurity in Malindi and urged the police to act speedily to stem
The local branch of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and
Industry fears that the insecurity will affect tourism, the
lifeline of area.
The chamber’s local first vice-chairman, Mr Andrew Mataza, told
reporters in Malindi yesterday that the Tuesday attack on eight
tourists soon after arriving in the town and other recent
incidents were bound to paint a bad picture of the tourist
In the last two months, Malindi has experienced more than seven
armed robberies, resulting in the death of two foreigners.
Some of the recent notable crimes in the area include the rape and
murder of 65-year-old Kadzo Fondo on January 10, the shooting of
Italian tour operator Andrea Baci on December 25 and the murder of
a 65-year old Briton, Graham Warren, on January 19.
When reached for comment, area head of police Gregory Waikwa said,
“These are inside jobs.”
The District Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO), Mr John
Kariuki, said the robberies were isolated cases.
“It can not be said that insecurity is escalating because the
incidents are isolated cases.”
He concurred with Mr Waikwa that the incidents were inside jobs.
“Why is it that the victims are new arrivals all the time?” asked