Armed gang steals 38 bags of coffee in Kirinyaga

Coffee bags at Kagumo Coffee Factory following the incident. 

Photo credit: George Munene | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Kirinyaga Central Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Ndege said culprits will face the law.
  • He said officials of the factory and the guards will be questioned over the incident.

Coffee worth Sh940,000 was stolen on Friday from Kagumo Coffee Factory in Kirinyaga County.

Armed gangsters raided the factory shortly after 1am and tied up three watchmen with ropes before they stole 38 bags of coffee.

Police said the gang loaded the coffee bags in a pickup vehicle that was stolen elsewhere.

One of the guards suffered a deep cut on his head during the raid.

Factory workers, who reported for duty on Friday morning, were shocked to find the guards tied up.

They rescued them and called the police. 

The factory chairman Peter Munene said it was unfortunate that farmers' produce had been taken away by a well-organised gang.

"This is the first time such an incident has occurred in this factory. We have reported the matter to the police for investigations," Mr Munene said.

Some farmers said they suspect the raid was an inside job and asked investigators to uncover the truth.

"The Directorate of Criminal Investigations should probe the matter thoroughly and take appropriate action," one of the farmers, Friendrick Kinyua said.

Kirinyaga Central Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Ndege said culprits will face the law.

He said officials of the factory and the guards will be questioned over the incident.