Imagine just walking out in broad daylight and someone attacks and forces you to borrow money from Mshwari or Tala then transferring it to their accounts.
Residents of Illasit in Loitoktok are seeing the spike in this activity and have asked the police in the area to step up their night patrols.
The area’s chairman of Nyumba Kumi, Mr. Daniel Kiharo confirmed the incident saying the group wakes up to roam around the village waking up people and force them to borrow money in their phones.
“They are waking you from your bedroom, and if you do not have any money, they take your phone and apply for loans from mobile lenders,” said Kiharo.
He added that the thieves also take other valuables things like household items and clothes after robbing your money.
The angry residents further said the group has also been timing when they are away before breaking into their houses looting everything on their way.
They personally believe that this is driven by the rise of drug abuse in the area.