A 21-year-old man who was convicted after admitting to stealing from a Naivas Supermarket branch has been released from prison.
Alvin Linus Chivondo was on Wednesday, April 13 jailed for one year or pay a KSh 100,000 fine after being found guilty of stealing’s and holding stolen properties.
According to the charge sheet, Chivondo stole five kilograms of Dawaat rice, 500 grams of American gourmet honey and 500 grams of Fahari ya Kenya tea leaves from the supermarket.
The 21-year-old also made away with five litres of Fresh Fry cooking oil and two kilogrammes of Kabras Sugar all worth KSh 3,165.
On Wednesday evening, former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko cleared the fine, further offering Chivondo a job and a month’s supply of food.
On Thursday, April 14, the Sonko Rescue Team picked Chivondo from Industrial Area Prison where he had started serving his time.
“My team picked Alvin Linus Chivondo from Industrial area prison after we managed to secure his freedom. Chivondo was jailed yesterday for stealing foodstuffs at Naivas. Am happy the young man is now free. It’s my hope he will be a responsible man,” Sonko said.
Interestingly, Chivondo was taken to the same Naivas store where he was caught shoplifting for shopping.
“After this, my team will proceed to give him the one-month food stock and a job as well as promised yesterday. The shopping was done at the same supermarket where he was arrested after stealing the food items to feed his family,” Sonko added.
The young man was also offered a job at the Sonko Rescue Team’s Upper Hill offices.
Appearing before Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo, Chivondo said that by the time he was caught shoplifting, he and his family had gone three days without food.
He was working as a trolley pusher in Nairobi CBD before his arrested and conviction.
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