Police hunting for a gang of six that attempted to rob Amica sacco in Murang’a

Police in Kandara, Murang’a county are looking for six suspects who attempted to rob Amica sacco last night.

The suspects were armed with guns as they accessed the sacco’s Kagundu-ini branch at 10 pm on Friday night.

According to the sacco’s chairman Hiram Mwaniki, the gang waylaid the branch deputy manager Charles Ndung’u as he headed home from his office.

Ndung’u, Mwaniki said, he had stayed late in the office finishing some financial reconciliations that neared their deadline.

He encountered the gang at Marumi area as he went home on his motorbike on a dilapidated stretch of a road and was riding at a minimal speed.

They attacked him, beat him up and took the sacco’s office keys and went straight to the branch, Mwaniki added.

Kandara OCPD Wilson Kosgey said the victim was able to flee after the gang left and reported the incident at Kigumo police station which is near his home.

The police boss said Ndung’u sustained serious injuries on the face and hands and is receiving medical attention in a local health facility.

“The gang knew the victim and after injuring him, they demanded for his office keys and left,” Kosgey said.

CCTV footage recovered by the police confirmed that the gang of six was armed but was unable to break into the safe, he added.

“They overpowered the guard who co-operated with them and they quietly opened the office and went straight to the safe. All this is in the footage,” Kosgey said.

Kosgey said a manhunt has been launched for the suspects.

The sacco, is one of the main farmers’ sacco in the county and has 17 branches, with a membership of over 130,000 people.

-Alice Waithera

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