A 21-year-old man who was arrested for shoplifting before former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko came to his rescue has been arrested again over the same offence.
Initially, Alvin Chivondo was charged with stealing 5kgs of rice, 5 litres of cooking oil, 2kgs of sugar, honey and tea leaves totalling KSh 3,165 from Naivas Supermarket along Moi Avenue in Nairobi.
He was, in turn, sentenced to one year in jail or pay a KSh 100,00 fine after pleading guilty to shoplifting. However, he was bailed out by Sonko.
Weeks after the incident, on Thursday, May 19, Chivondo was arrested again over the same crime at Naivas Supermarket located at Ronald Ngala Street.
This time around, the now serial shoplifter was accused of stealing maize flour from the giant shopping store.
He was detained at Central Police Station pending completion of investigations into the incident.
Central Sub County Police Commander David Baariu said that Chivondo could be arraigned over stealing charges.
The man’s second shoplifting offence elicited mixed reactions on social media.
Michael Kip Lagat said: “I think he is doing a business of shoplifting, whereby you steal and go to sell the loot.”
Martin Muchiri Muriuki said: “Chivondo seems to have an underlying problem that no one understands. On the face of it, we could be misguided to think he steals out of hunger. In reality, compulsions such as hard drugs, or a mental condition, could be leading him to shoplift.”
Mumbi Maina said: “Stealing is also an alter that needs total deliverance, sometimes they don’t steal because they are necessarily in need, but it’s just. An evil force that pushes them to steal.”
Hamilton Mwawasi said: “It is morally wrong to take for granted the kindness and sacrifices Kenyans shown him. Seems this guy is a thief by profession. He must now be subjected to the full force of the law.”
During his previous arraignment, Chivondo, who is a trolley pusher in Nairobi CBD, told the court that he and his family had slept hungry for three days.
“I have a four-month-old baby and I couldn’t feed my family. Your honour, you can see I only stole food items. I can’t feed my family since I lost my job,” he pleaded.
Sonko, who was moved by the man’s predicament bailed him out and also pledged to offer the man a well paying job and a one-month shopping.