BEWARE! Nairobi CBD still a den of car parts thieves

When Mr James Simba parked his car outside Bazaar building along Kimathi Street, he didn’t imagine that he would return to find the side mirror covers stolen from the Government registered vehicle.

Mr Simba told Nairobi News that he was so shocked by the theft that for a moment he just stood there trying to come to terms with the development.


Taxis parked along Tom Mboya Street in Nairobi obstruct pedestrians and other motorists entitled to use the space. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO|NMG

“I then started inspecting the car to establish if there were any other parts which had been tampered with. Thankfully, everything else looked okay,” he said.

He then left for Nairobi Hospital to visit a sick relative but when he got there he realized that the wheel cap of his car’s tires were also missing.

Mr Simba did not even get to see the patient. Instead he took the car to the garage to have it fixed.


Such incidents have become a familiar experience for many motorists in Nairobi’s CBD.

Two weeks ago, Mr Evans Kimani parked his car along Moi Avenue and when he returned he found the covers of both rear light missing.

“The city is slowly turning to a dangerous place where one needs to have someone to keep an eye on their cars,” he told Nairobi News.

Both motorists were left regretting why they ignored requests for a small fee from the self-made ‘attendants’ who prowl all parking lots within the city’s CBD.

“Some guy asked me to allow him to take care of my car at a fee but I ignore him. I wish I allowed him to keep an eye on it,” Mr Simba said.

Nairobi News has established that the self-made parking ‘attendants’ watch over vehicles at a fee of between Sh50 and Sh100.


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