Suspected robbers broke into Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi’s private home at the posh area of Nyali in Mombasa and stole valuables on Thursday night.
Kingi said yesterday that the thugs who gained access to the house the back door stole a laptop and a 65 inch TV set.
The robbers are said to have gained access to the residence by scaled a perimeter wall before breaking a metal door.
The governor said he was woken up by movements and commotion inside his house at around 3am but the intruders managed to escape as he was finding his way to the table room.
He termed the incident as normal thuggery by asked police to carry out probe on the motive of the incident and beef up security in the area.
The private house was not under police guard but it is normally guarded by private security guards.
Police spent better part of Friday Morning questioning security guards manning the house on Thursday night over the incident.
Kingi said he drew out his gun as he responded to the intrusion but did not fire as the thugs had already escaped by the time he set foot at the table room.
“I did not see them because i could have shot at them but my worry is that if thugs can dare to force themselves into the governor’s house, what will they do to a common man,” Kingi said.
Mombasa governor Hassan Joho, Kisauni MP Rashid Benzimba and his Mvita counterpart who visited Kingi at the residence claimed that the incident had been planned by the government to threaten and intimidate the governor.
“For me i am not taking this lightly, there might be a hidden agenda and we know the government want us to go back to them and beg for security, but we are not interested because we know what they want to do,” said Joho.
Kisauni Deputy OCPD Walter Abondo said police have commenced investigations on the into the robbery incident.
“We visited the house and we have began investigating the incident,” he said.
Both Kingi and Joho expressed fears over their lives, saying that the raid could be a pointer to the risks they face after the government withdrew their bodyguards.
However, a senior police officer who sought anonymity claimed the incident had been stage managed by the governor to paint the government in bad light and was part of a wider scheme by the Kilifi county chief and his Mombasa counterpart Hassan Joho to seek public sympathy ahead of the August polls.
“Our initial investigations shows that there was no such robbery which took place. These people just want to cause drama so that they can continue to be in public limelight,” said the officer.