• Residents' chairman Audi Ogada blames police over laxity to deal with car theft
• County police commander Alphonse Wambua said a special team is dealing with it
Residents of Kisumu have decried the increased cases of car theft and demanded immediate action by security agencies.
Speaking on their behalf yesterday, Audi Ogada accused police of laxity to deal with a car theft syndicate.
“We have reported cases of vehicles stolen in estates, churches and Kisumu’s central business district during the day and night, with little done,” he said.
Ogada chairs the Kisumu City Residents' Voice Association.
He had questioned the whereabouts of general police officers, DCI officers and National Intelligence Service officers when people were being robbed and tortured.
He called on police to intensify patrols to bust the car theft racket in Kisumu.
The most affected areas include Migosi, Lolwe, Milimani, Nyamasaria, Riat and Kibuye.
Recently, a vehicle was stolen in the CBD and later recovered.
Locals say stolen vehicles are taken into neighbouring countries, where they are dismantled into spare parts, making recovery very difficult.
In the past seven months, more than 10 cases of car theft have been reported in various police stations in Kisumu.
Police have recovered some of the stolen vehicles, with most of them still missing.