Farm manager attacked by illegal fishermen in crime wave

Crime rate rises around Lake Naivasha, a favorite resort and retreat destination.

In Summary

• But for ordinary residents, life around Naivasha is getting dangerous. 

• Many flower farm workers have turned to illegal fishing and crime.

A manager at a flower farm in Naivasha is nursing serious head and hand injuries after he was attacked on the shore of Lake Naivasha.

Suspected fish poachers attacked the expatriate near the shore before making away with his personal effects.

The attack happened in Kasarani. 

Witness Peter Wafula said the manager was walking along the shore of the lake when the illegal fishermen struck.

“The manager had to be airlifted to Nairobi for specialised treatment. These illegal fishermen are becoming a threat to neighbouring communities,” he said.

Meanwhile, residents of Raini village in Naivasha are mourning a popular trader who was waylaid and beaten to death on his way to work.

John Mundia was attacked by an thugs who left him unconscious on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

The trader, who operates a hotel and M-Pesa shop, was rushed to Naivasha Subcounty Hospital in critical condition and died while undergoing treatment.

Residents have protested against rising crime in the lakeside town, where many homes have been broken into and tens of people attacked in the past month.

Moses Joram, a relative of Mundia, said the trader was going to open his hotel at around 5.30am when he was attacked on his bicycle.

The attackers stole cash and personal effects before fleeing with his bicycle.

“Residents managed to arrest one suspect who was found with the bike while the trader died as plans were being made to transfer him to Nakuru for further treatment,” Joram said.

A senior police officer confirmed both cases, adding that they had launched investigations and expected to make arrests in the coming days.

(Edited by V. Graham) 

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