Kenyan comedian Fred Omondi’s house in Garden Estate, Nairobi was raided by ostensibly armed robbers on Friday, September 9 and valuables worth KSh900, 000 made away with.
Mr Omondi who was not at his house at the time of the incident suspects a close friend could have drawn up the theft, and worked closely with a watchman to execute their plan.
“The thieves made away with valuables worth KSh900, 000. They stole my two LED television sets, a laptop computer, a desktop computer, a home theatre, furniture, gas cooker, a bed and a mattress among other chattels. Simply put: my house was emptied!” Fred Omondi exclusively told eDaily.
The humorist says he lives in a well-guarded place, and that the theft could have been averted had it not been a work of cooperation by the alleged perpetrators.
“My neighbourhood is very secure. I am convinced the theft was orchestrated by an insider. A watchman and one of my friends should be going in for questioning. There’s no way they would have stolen so many movables using a saloon car; there’s also no way they could have jumped over the fence while carrying the goods and chattels; there is no way they could have passed through the gate without a watchman seeing them – and even if the watchman saw them, he would have attempted to use force to stop them, and that confrontation could have led to the watchman probably suffering injuries. That did not happen. The watchman says he is not aware that my house was broken into and movables stolen. That convinces me that the theft was engineered from within,” added Fred Omondi.
“The thieves who broke into my house seemingly were well armed and could have killed anyone that they came across in the house, including myself. When I assess how they broke into my house, pointers indicate it was done using high-tech armory. They did not break the house using crude weapons such as stones or hard metallic objects, and they were seemingly prepared to kill any occupant they’d bump into,” said the wisecracker.
“I reported the matter at Kasarani Police Station and I was really surprised at how swift our Kenyan security officers are. Once I filed my report, the police boss immediately assigned four officers who accompanied me to my house. They had cameras and arms with them.”
Mr Omondi says police echo his suspicion that the theft was organised by people who know him well.
“When we got to my house, they (police) evaluated the situation and just laughed; telling me the theft was planned and executed by an insider,” said Mr Omondi, adding: “It seems a friend of mine and one of our two watchmen organised the theft. I suspect my crony because I had lived with him in the past. We parted ways on bad terms, and a week later my household goods were stolen. He was so close to one of the watchmen when we were living in the same house.”
“However, I thank God I am fine. I am supposed to follow up on progress of investigations with the police on Tuesday, September 13. I am currently putting up at my elder brother’s (Eric Omondi) house,” said Fred Omondi.