An anti-mugging squad comprising officers drawn from the County, Regular and Administration Police units has been set up to reign in marauding gangs that are robbing people in broad daylight in Nairobi.
In a press conference, Nairobi Regional Commissioner Bernard Leparmarai, who was flanked by Nairobi Police Commander Japhet Koome and AP Commandant Francis Mburu said 35 of the marauding muggers had so far been arrested as the crackdown intensifies.
According to the police, the arrested suspects are all below the age of 25 and are set to face robbery with violence charges.
The regional commissioner further announced that hawkers who have taken over the city streets will be flushed out as police seek to secure the Central Business District.
The gangs, some operating in organized groups, have been attacking their victims and making away with whatever they lay their hand on including necklaces, earrings and even wigs.
Nairobi police commander, Japheth Koome, says the gangsters are armed and will therefore be met with full force of the law.
Since the beginning of the year, insecurity in Nairobi central business district has intensified with groups of young gangsters reportedly mugging people in broad daylight.
Images of muggers harassing pedestrians have dominated the social media, a scenario Nairobi police and county government are collaborating to address.
Koome attributes the rising insecurity to the just concluded electioneering period whereby youths got used to receiving handouts from politicians.
The main challenge facing the officers in dealing with these gangs is that they often mingle and sometimes pretend to be hawkers motor bike operators, and street families
Last month alone at least 30 gangsters were killed and 27 guns recovered.
The Nairobi security organs have however assured kenyans that the mugging will soon be a thing of the past.