If you've ever heard of funny or rather mysterious stories of people losing their possessions in Nairobi, then don't take them for granted, they are real. I once thought some of these stories were fictions, until recently I became a victim. It is true that you can lose your possession in just less than three seconds in Nairobi. Here is my story;
I was from visiting a friend in Umoja Innacore. So, I had to take a Forward Sacco matatus from Kwa Chief Stage to Kariobangi Roundabout. From there I would take another PSV to Allsops, then another one to Kasarani where I lived. It was around 6 pm, and I was a little bit anxious to catch a matatu before too late. Due to Covid-19 protocols and fear, I wasn't also willing to board an already loaded Matatu. Unfortunately, the empty ones were never coming this way. Matatus in this area were already flaunting Covid-19 guidelines, carrying full capacity and even excess.
After about 30 minutes of waiting, while perusing through messages on my phone, I decided to board one of the already packed matatus from Kayole. I placed my phone in my right pocket as I jumped into the matatu. Waaah! No sooner had I found one empty seat at the back than I realized, my phone had already been stolen. It was in less than three seconds because I had held the phone in my pocket all along while making my way to the lone empty seat. But immediately I sat down, I could feel it any more
I decided to shout "Simu yangu imeibiwa" then instructed the tout to halt the matatu, which he did, but I had no idea what to do next. Weirdly, a man standing next to me along the matatu corridor made a claim. He said he had seen another man in a black jacket pulling the phone off my pocket while I boarded the matatu. He even knew I had a white phone. I was nervous and couldn't think well at that moment, so, I quickly dashed out of the Matatu to try look for a man with a black jacket as I had been informed. Little did I know that the man directing me is the one who had pick-pocketed my phone. He had cleverly sent me out the Matatu not to create havoc.
That's how I lost my phone, and to make it more painful, I hadn't used the phone for even a week, and I had just finished transferring my information, media and documents from my old phone into it. It was an heartbreaking encounter.
How someone steals from you then still have the courage to direct you to some non-existing person still remain a surprise to me. All in all , this story reminds us to always stay vigilant with our possessions especially when in the city or in crowded areas. Thank you.
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